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Mieko and the Fifth Treasure

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When the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Mieko's nearby village was turned into ruins, and her hand was badly injured. Mieko loves to do calligraphy more than anything, but now she can barely hold a paintbrush. And she feels as if she has lost something that she can't paint without-the legendary fifth treasure, beauty in the heart. Then she is sent to live with her grandpare ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 14th 2003 by Puffin Books (first published 1993)
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Kwesi 章英狮
Nagasaki a small fishing village secluded by harbors as one of Japan's richest city having the largest sea ports and had great wartime importance for its wide-ranging activity, including the production of ships, military equipment and other war materials. For having an old-fashioned houses and industrial warehouse, Nagasaki become fragile from fire and bombing at the same time the manufactured bombs that been stored can be easily activated from the World War II nuclear bombing causing thousands ...more
Close Enough
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english
I'm really glad to had the chance to read this wonderful story; it's extremely delightful, amusing and filled with wisdom. I picked this book up a month ago, I read few pages and I couldn't finish it but I kept coming back to the same book. I'm just wondering why I didn't enjoy it the way I did the second time, I bet that I was just in a bad mood that time...

The story is about a Japanese girl named Mieko, who was injured by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, she was born with a natural gift of call
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Daniel Meek
May 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
While reading this book, I felt that Eleanor Coerr hadn't down her best and could have done better which I've experienced when reading her earlier and more acclaimed read, "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes." Given that this book is a short story, Coerr needed more detail as well as more facts and statistics of Mieko's past in order to fully develop the story. In the end, I was not pleased nor happy of the outcome of the novel.

The book begins with you (the reader) being introduced to Mieko an
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Ginger Jantz
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a very simple story. It doesn't address the aftermath of the atomic bomb, but instead focuses on peoples' "everyday" cruelty to each other and how one girl deals with it. I was shocked to learn that the Japanese not living in Hiroshima or Nagasaki at the time of the bombing treated the victims/survivors as pariahs.
Shriya
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Mum laughed when she saw this tiny book by my bedside.

"Going back to childhood, are we?" she asked me, her eyes twinkling with mirth.

Well, Fellow Readers, let me tell you, sometimes it's good to go back to childhood, especially if you've been doing some heavy duty reading like me, flirting incessantly with Chaucer one day, Tennyson the next and T. S. Eliot off and on.

It's good to sit back, read something and not think about Freudian psychoanalysis or the meanings of fabliau, morality plays
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Cornelia
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's the story of a little girl who goes to live with her grandparents after the bombs drop on Japan during WW2. Born with a natural gift for calligraphy and art, the injury she receives when the bomb is dropped calls her ability into question by making her question her fifth treasure, "the beauty in the heart." It is this gift that makes her such a talented artist. This is the story of how she finds it again. As Publisher's Weekly said, "Overall, this is a sensitively and beautifully crafted st ...more
Michelle Kelly
Wonderful read!
Sura M. al jilawi
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fifth treasure could be anything, confidence, trustworthy, love, friendship, and beauty.
When you have the fifth treasure, that means you have everything, that means you have the life.
Theresa
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
a very sad story of survival and loss
Yến
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
It is a kinda touching story in which a little girl was stucked in sorrow due to the " monster hand " she had after going through a war.The little girl - Mieko - gradually forced herself to live in the dark because she was afraid that others woould criticize her, classmates would treat tease het for being different from them.She literally had a hard time to struggle and then suddenly came a lovely friend who protected Mieko, who was willing to be beside her and she actually helped Mieko to stand ...more
Harold
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This short, simple, and sweet little novel tells the story of Mieko - a young Japanese girl injured by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and struggling to heal herself - both physically and emotionally. I read this with a class of ESL students, who responded well to the book's themes of friendship and overcoming adversity. Touching, but not heavy-handed.
Isabelle
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody and everybody
Short and sweet, Mieko and the Fifth Treasure tells about a young artist who's hand was injured in the atomic bomb on japan. Mieko struggles to believe that her hand will get better and she will paint word pictures.
Natasha Rao
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I loved this book Because of the friendship and how she wanted to leave first but then she wanted to stay
Nahla Magdy
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Spilled water, doesn't return back to glass and that's okay.
Maksat Serik
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is about little Mieko,
Ryuga Hareame
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
a good short story.
Renée
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

Amazing book that made my daughter smile and cry all at the same time! Wow....we read this together for her 4th grade portfolio project.
Huong Pham
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A short and lovely story. One of books that I would like to read to kids later.
V3na
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Carol
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoy
Maria
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
We all have gifts with in us, nothing can change that ❤ thanks Mieko for remind me of that. ...more
Guillermo Soto
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Certain people we meet give us back parts of us that we once lost.
Sergiu Baciurin
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Story tells how weak we are and how strong we can be.
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Indudhar Andanur
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute little story!!
Nikki
May 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Can most avid readers trace their love of books back to the first truly great book they read? I don't know, but this is the first great book I ever read. I know some people would say Dr. Seuss was the first great they ever read, but I disagree. Dr. Seuss never had meaning for me until I was much older. "Mieko and the Fifth Treasure" was the first book that ever really meant anything to me. I read it at the beginning of second grade and I think I read about 30 more books that year and none even c ...more
Tanja
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am always looking for more historical fiction at a lower text level and I am happy to have found this book. A thought-provoking, touching and beautifully told story, set in Japan in the time after the atomic bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. A young girl is trying to come to terms with the aftermath, her own injury, being separated from her parents, and to find new hope. A talented artist, she seemed to have lost what made her calligraphy so special, the fifth treasure, beauty in t ...more
Ryoko
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mieko is a Japanese girl. She loves to do calligraphy, because calligraphy is her most favorite thing. But she was really upset that her hand was badly damaged by the Hiroshima bomb, and doctor told her that her hand will never gets better. She had to move away from Hiroshima and live with her grandparents. In her new school, she get bullied from boys... What will happen to Mieko? This book is fantastic! You should read this book!
Evan
A fairly short, easy reader (11 chapters, each about 6-9 pages) chapter book, it paints a tragically beautiful picture of post-WWII Japan, focusing on the suffering of one young girl who has a talent for art (specifically ink calligraphy) but has lost the 'fifth treasure': beauty in the heart. It ends up being a heartwarming story of friendship, creative confidence and growth, the ending fruit for discussion.
Emilee Booth
Jul 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this for summer reading - I'm not sure when but I was pretty young, because I remember not having a clue what the significance of Nagasaki was. I remember this book pretty well, though. It's about a girl who loses her parents and is also injured in the bomb. The book is about physical and spiritual healing, and art too.
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Eleanor Coerr was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Two of her favorite childhood hobbies were reading and making up stories.

Her fascination with Japan began when she received a book called Little Pictures of Japan one Christmas. It showed children in beautiful kimonos playing games, chasing butterflies, and catching crickets. She pored over the colored illustrations
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