The Last Cherry Blossom

The Last Cherry Blossom

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Yuriko was happy growing up in Hiroshima when it was just her and Papa. But her aunt Kimiko and her cousin Genji are living with them now, and the family is only getting bigger with talks of a double marriage! And while things are changing at home, the world beyond their doors is even more unpredictable. World War II is coming to an end, and Japan's fate is not entirely clear, with any battle looses being hidden from its people. Yuriko is used to the sirens and the air-raid drills, but things start to feel more real when the neighbors who have left to fight stop coming home. When the bomb hits Hiroshima, it's through Yuriko's twelve-year-old eyes that we witness the devastation and horror. This story offers young readers insight into how children lived during World War II while also introducing them to Japanese culture. Based loosely on author Kathleen Burkinshaw's mother's first-hand experience surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, The Last Cherry Blossom hopes to warn readers of the immense damage nuclear war can bring, while reminding readers that the "enemy" in any war is often not so different from ourselves.
Publisher: New York : Sky Pony Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781634506939
1634506936
Branch Call Number: BURKINSH K
Characteristics: 233 pages : illustration ; 22 cm

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