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Le Tricycle De Shinichi
Tatsuharu Kodama
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Le Tricycle De Shinichi

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A beautifully illustrated true story of another family's experience of the bombing of Hiroshima. Shin's uncle is able to get him the impossible: the tricycle he desperately wants. He is riding the wonderful, brand-new tricycle when the atom bomb is dropped. Shin is found in the rubble, holding on to his treasure. He dies later that day, ten days before his fourth birthday
33 pages
Published 2005 by Les 400 coups (first published August 1st 1995)
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Mar 07, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
Published: 1995, Walker Books for Young Readers
Age: 7-10
It is the summer of 1945 and 3 year old Shin wants a tricycle so badly. He finally gets one and as he is happily riding it one beautiful day with his best friend Kimi, the atomic bomb is dropped. Kimi and Shins sisters die, and Shin dies the next day, still with the red handlebar in his hand. Their parents bury them together in the back yard with Shin and Kimi holding hands and clutching the handlebar. 40 years later, they dig up their bone
Kathy Roderer
This is a beautifully told, but very sad story of the day of the Hiroshima bombing. It is a true story related by the father of Shin, fifty years later. Shin had wanted nothing more than a tricycle for his fourth birthday. His uncle gave it to him a few days before his birthday. While riding his bicycle on the morning of August 6, 1945, just before his fourth birthday, Shin was killed in the bombing. Shin's tricycle is now on display at the Peace Museum in Hiroshima. Some of the words on the las ...more
Nancy's Review:
I chose this book because stories of innocent victims caught up in the world’s events are so tragic and stay in my mind. The cover of the book shows little Shin, whose happy thoughts were only about the tricycle his uncle gave him, riding that tricycle into heaven through the atomic bomb blast. He was just one of the many thousands of innocent people that died that day. The pain of his parents and the reality of that day are described in simple text and tell a sad and true story t
Ellie Contursi
Nov 07, 2014 Ellie Contursi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sad telling of a Hiroshima incident. Brought tears to my eyes to think of all the innocent children killed when Hiroshima was bombed. Very fitting book to read since Remembrance day is approaching.
Dec 30, 2007 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10 and up
This is one of the saddest books I have ever read. We were reading it in our sixth grade reading class, and I felt like crying. It talks about all of the bombing on Japanese and Chinese people. It is brilliantly illustrated. Its a story of a little boy who wants this red tricycle, and when he finally gets it, the town is bombed. His sister and him die from drinking the poisoned water after the bombing, and then there is no more Shin's Tricycle. It's a wonderfully narrated story with tons of imag ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Wendi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I shared this book with my 3rd grader and Kindergartner. They thought it was sad and had lots of questions. I was hesitant, but in the end I think it is important that children learn about history so they can make educated decisions as adults. This book did a good job illustrating what happened on that awful day to a family in Japan without blaming anyone, except war.

Everyone, everywhere is still feeling effects of that day, whether they know it or not.
Dec 04, 2011 Oneplanetblog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband and I read this book, but haven't read it to our children yet. Set in Japan at the end of WWII and told through the eyes of a mother and father, this is a powerful true story that illustrates the devastating effects of war. Very sobering. Definitely for older children--I would say at least 9 or 10 years old.
Mar 29, 2011 Nichole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This book is a hard read but it takes a look at a part of war that is not much thought of, the life of the children in the war zone. This book can be used for elementary school students with guidance in case of tears. Maybe if more students read these types of books at a young age there would be less war!
Feb 20, 2008 None rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching tale of the bombing of Japan during WW2. Shin is a toddler who dies when the bomb goes off, he dies holding the hand of his young friend. All that is left is his little red tricycle. This is a tale of loss and hope. Shin's real tricycle resides in a museum in Hiroshima.
I'm familiar with a lot of Hiroshima stories, but the level of heartbreak in this one somehow surprised me. I really felt for the parents in this story, and the innocents who lost their lives.
Dec 15, 2007 Cassandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book we read last year in reading. it was so good but yet so sad at the same time.
Mar 13, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book about Hiroshima. I don't know what to say about the atomic bomb other than that I'm horrified by it and the fact that we ever reached a point where its use was deemed necessary. This book really brings forward the horror of dropping a bomb like that. Good book, but it will bring you down and hopefully make you think. It made me think.
This book made me cry so badly after reading it. I have only known one side of the story and never this side. The book is about a little boy who always wished for a little tricycle for his birthday. Unfortunately disaster hits the little happiness that a family is able to find in a danger zone. It makes me sad that any child would suffer such a horrible thing. The images and wording made me feel the pain of the parents at their pain. When teaching about a war or conflict it is good to inform chi ...more
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