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The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw
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it was amazing

THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM is a story that needs to be told. Of the other side of that infamous bomb. Children may have learned that it served to end the war. But have they ever truly empathized with the children living in Hiroshima when the bomb dropped?

In this story, they can, through the eyes and life of twelve year-old Yuriko.

We see how much she loves her Papa and her best friend, and how annoying she finds her cousin Genji. We live the air raids with her and travel to the country when Papa sends her to safety.

Then we travel back to Hiroshima and experience the horror after the bomb falls.

This book would be a great add to any history or social studies class. The topic is handled deftly, not surprising given that the story is based on the experiences of the authors own mother. A story that is useful not only in discussing the tough topic of war, but also in building empathy.
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August 1, 2016 – Finished Reading
August 3, 2016 – Shelved

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