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The Peace Tree from Hiroshima - The Little Bonsai with a Big Story
The Peace Tree from Hiroshima - The Little Bonsai with a Big Story
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Age: 8 to 12“This is a story about the art of caring. Its message will speak to the heart of any child who reads it and nourish his or her roots in the process” – Ron Himler, illustrator of Sadako and the Thousand Paper CranesCenturies ago, a Japanese white pine tree grew on the island of Miyajima inJapan. While the tree was still young, it was gently uprooted and taken to join theYamaki family at their home in Hiroshima, where it was lovingly pruned andtrimmed into a beautiful bonsai tree. Told from the perspective of the little tree,this astonishing true story is a tale of survival, hope, and friendship. Time passed happily for the little tree, until the morning ofAugust 6, 1945, when an atomic bomb destroyed Hiroshima. Many people died,but the Yamaki family and Miyajima, along with all their other bonsai trees,survived the tragedy.Life went on for the little tree, until one day in 1976, a truck arrived to takeMiyajima away. The little bonsai tree was on its way to the National Arboretum inWashington, DC, as a gift of friendship from Japan to America. Miyajima was soproud to be a part of this gift, but alsovery sad to leave the Yamaki family and his home.Many years later, Masaru, the elderly grandfather of the Yamaki family, and histen-year-old grandson, Akira, make a surprise visit to Washington. They headdirectly to the National Arboretum to visit their much missed and beloved familymember, Miyajima.“How can one explain to children the effects of a nuclear bomb, and how it impacts people around the world? It can be an awkward subject. Countries that were at one time enemies but are now allies can set a good example for the world. It all starts with one little sapling…Trees have great memories, and I do hope that humankind will remember the atrocities of the past (and present) and find ways to live more peacefully in the future. I am pleased that there isa children’s book, inspired by a true event that sheds a positive light on a harsh subject.” -Castle View Academy blog“The Peace Tree from Hiroshima by Sandra Moore is a beautiful story that weaves together history, geography, family, nature, sadness, peace, and hope. [It] will captivate your children from the first page…[It] can lead to a variety of learning opportunities.” -MyLittlePoppies.com blog“Wilds’ full-page landscape illustrations are the best: lush green forest teaming with flora and fauna, the stark and monochrome shock of a bombed city, and the gorgeous blue sky and pink blossoms of a rebuilding land. Moore’s use of a novel perspective gives way to a discussion about the meanings of history, war, and peace.” -Asian Fortune News
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