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The Peace Bell

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Yuko’s grandmother remembers that when she was a little girl many years ago in Japan, her town’s beautiful temple bell was taken away to be used as scrap metal for the war effort. She thought she’d never see it again. After the war the bell was brought to America by a U. S. Navy crew who found it abandoned in a Japanese shipyard. Most amazing of all, the bell was later ret ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Shannon
This is a sweet little book that touches on the hardships a population has to endure when their country is at war. It doesn't really talk about the reasons for Japan's involvement in WW2, which is probably for the best. I loved how the narrative tied the past into the present.
Kara Wyatt
Yuko, while visiting her grandmother in Japan, listens to her grandmother tell the story of the peace bell. Grandmother tells about how the bell used to ring when she was little. It rang for “the 12 months, for the 24 atmospheres, and for the 72 climates of the earth.” When the war began, it was taken down, presumably to melt and be used for weapons. Grandmother always thought about the missing bell. One day she heard that the bell had not been melted down and the Americans were giving the bell ...more
Kcodd92
The Peace Bell by Margi Preus follows the story of a Japanese woman (then a girl) whose village donates their temple bell to be used as scrap metal during World War II. Somehow the bell survives, and ends up in Minnesota. Eventually, it is returned to its home, and new bonds of friendship are formed.
I would say this book is for the primary age range. The book isn't too long and has fairly easy words.
The pictures look glossy. There are definite lines and shapes in the pictures.
I would recommend t
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Julie Heidingsfelder
Genre: Historical Fiction picture book.

I enjoyed how this book combined the telling of important story in history and personalized it in the life of the main character of the Grandmother. I think it would be an excellent book to help understand the relationship between the US and Japan during WWII. The story is moving and tells about the hardships of war and also the healing of peace.
Cassi Dick
I really like this book and think it would be great to read to children 6-12. It talks about Japanese culture and goes through the differences of the life of a Japanese girl. It is always a good idea to teach students about different cultures because America is one big melting pot.
Heather
A sweet story based on events occurring around the time of World War II.
Shauna
The power of love and friendship is greater than hate and war.
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