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The author recalls her happy childhood in Hiroshima, abruptly halted on August 6, 1945, when her known world was hideously destroyed by an atomic bomb
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese
Grade 3-6-- In forthright, unemotional words and affecting pictures, Morimoto, a high-school student when her city was destroyed by the first atomic bomb, relates her experience. The day of the bomb, the explosion, and the devastation it brought are rendered in artwork that moves from peaceful snapshots of daily life, to a small plane in a clear blue sky, through the explosion--an all-encompassing brown swirl in which Junko and her sister cling to one another--and climaxes with a mushroom cloud superimposed over almost surrealistic masses of writhing, pleading, and grasping hands. The horrors of the suffering and destruction are shown in strong shades of brown and black. People, neat and precise in prebomb pictures, are depicted in a more impressionistic style. A final photograph shows Morimoto as a grown woman returning to her school that is now clean white ground. Facts about Hiroshima are appended, as is a letter to parents and teachers detailing Morimoto's reasons for writing this book. This nonfiction title in picture-book format is a frank, powerful story in which both text and illustration work together without sentimentality or sensationalism to show the horror of war. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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Book Description Puffin, 1992. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110140545247