Sheila Hamanaka Peace Crane

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Peace Crane

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On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Out of the ashes grew the legacy of Sadako, the girl who folded a thousand paper cranes. Now Sheila Hamanaka, author and illustrator of the acclaimed All the Color of the Earth, uses majestic oil paintings and heartfelt verse to express the dreams of another child, trapped in the violence of today's world, who wonders if the peace crane will ever come.

Fifty years after the bombing of Hiroshima, this luminous book affirms the true spirit of Sadako and all who believe that peace is possible in our troubled time.

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Sheila Hamanaka is an award-winning fine artist whose work has also appeared in Scholastic magazines as well as in Permanent Connections by Sue Ellen Bridgers and Barbara Campbell's Taking Care of Yoki. Ms. Hamanaka lives in Tappan, New York.

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Grade 2-4?Hamanaka's dedication sets the book's framework and tone: "...to the children of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to all children everywhere who long for peace." A brief preface provides background on Hiroshima, Sadako, and the crane as a symbol of long life; it inaccurately attributes the folding of 1000 paper cranes to Sadako; however, she died before she finished and her classmates completed them for her. After a contemporary African American girl folds her wishes for peace inside a paper crane, the Peace Crane comes to her in a dream and they fly over trees, towns, and farmlands, seeing the needs of the land and the people. The bird carries the child away from the violence of her world and enables her to see the goodness in the people who want to be part of a loving world without guns, etc. The illustrations utilize intense coloration and contrast to convey the emotional impact of the words without detailed images. The airiness of flying and the yellow-red heat of fire support the poem's expanse of feelings and symbolism. The benevolent faces of children, neighbors, and people singing give a humanistic perspective to the dream/fantasy sentiments. While the universality of the message is worthy, the degree of sentimentality overburdens the book as a whole. This title seems like a cross between Arthur Dorros's Abuela (Dutton, 1991) and Junko Morimoto's My Hiroshima (Viking, 1990), with the voice attempting to teach children about love and peace, but the message, linked to Sadako's spirit, ends up being cloying.?Julie Cummins, New York Public Library
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