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The Last Cherry BlossomKathleen Burkinshaw As a Japanese American born to Japanese parents who survived WWII in Tokyo, I was moved by this dramatic story of a Hiroshima girl, beloved by her wealthy and generous Papa, whose life is irreparably changed by family and world events beyond her control Kathleen Burkinshaw s thoughtful and nuanced depiction of wartime Japan is likely to elicit important questions and discussion among her young leaders.
Now A UNITED NATIONS Office Of Disarmament Affairs Education Resource For Teachers And Students One Of Book Riots Fascinating Historical Fiction books For Middle School Readers Following The Seventieth Anniversary Of The Atomic Bombing Of Hiroshima, This Is A New, Very Personal Story To Join Sadako And The Thousand Paper CranesYuriko Was Happy Growing Up In Hiroshima When It Was Just Her And Papa But Her Aunt Kimiko And Her Cousin Genji Are Living With Them Now, And The Family Is Only Getting Bigger With Talk Of A Double Marriage And While Things Are Changing At Home, The World Beyond Their Doors Is Even Unpredictable World War II Is Coming To An End, And Since The Japanese Newspapers Dont Report Lost Battles, The Japanese People Are Not Entirely Certain Of Where Japan StandsYuriko Is Used To The Sirens And The Air Raid Drills, But Things Start To Feel Real When The Neighbors Who Have Left To Fight Stop Coming Home When The Bombs Hit Hiroshima, Its Through Yurikos Twelve Year Old Eyes That We Witness The Devastation And HorrorThis Is A Story That Offers Young Readers Insight Into How Children Lived During The War, While Also Introducing Them To Japanese Culture Based Loosely On Author Kathleen Burkinshaws Mothers Firsthand Experience Surviving The Atomic Bombing Of Hiroshima, The Last Cherry Blossom Hopes To Warn Readers Of The Immense Damage Nuclear War Can Bring, While Reminding Them That The Enemy In Any War Is Often Not So Different From Ourselves Ms Burkinshaw s book is a winner It will break your heart and still fill you with hope Based on the life her mother, who lost her whole family during the A Bomb attack on Hiroshima, the story is a testament to what damage war does to all involved This being the week of December 7th, the day declared to live in infamy 75 years ago The devastation war brings to all involved is strongly brought to life in this gripping tale.
This book held my interest through out the 219 pages At the end I wanted I hope Kathleen is preparing a sequel I have special interest in this book Kathleen is my cousin and the main character was my aunt My aunt never discussed her growing up in Japan with us I am so glad she was able to share it with her daughter Kathleen did a wonderful job writing about her mother s survival I would strongly urge everyone to read this book.
I enjoyed Kathleen Burkinshaw s novel, The Last Cherry Blossom Although written for young adults, I believe adults will also enjoy this glimpse into life inside Hiroshima prior to the Atomic Bombing Well worth a look.
Educational and entertaining I was fully captivated from the first page I truly hope this becomes required reading there is much we can all learn from it The first thing I did when I finished was pass it along to my 17 year old Thank you Kathleen for sharing your mothers story, it is truly a treasure I know it is written for a Young Adult but as an older adult I truly enjoyed it and think it would make a great addition to school curriculum It captures the way of life of a young Japanese girl who thinks she knows what her life is and means but discovers so much about herself, her family and the hardships of those around her during World War II Definitely recommend.
The Last Cherry Blossom follows Yuriko as she builds friendships and understanding of how important her family is to her The book shows the Japanese traditions and how a young girl would feel about wearing traditional fancy kimonos It shows a contrast between the beautiful land and buildings to the devastation after the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima It shows how the newspapers were monitored by the emperor.
I am glad that Kathleen Burkinshaw s Mother survived and shared her experience with her and that Kathleen wrote it in story form for us to learn to appreciate the wonder of The Last Cherry Blossom.
Loved this book World War 2 from a young Japanese girl s perspective Even though it doesn t focus on the war specifically, my WW2 buffs love it But there is so much to it The main character is lovable, and as she becomes less protected by her Papa, she learns and questions all that is happening around her.
I chose my readalouds for my fifth grade classes based on genre, and TLCB is a for sure historical fiction go to.
Beautifully told Authors notes in the back provide insight and a where to go from here if you are pushed to action