On Monday we started a week of reading to remember the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 6th and 9th August 1945.
First we read “Hiroshima” by Laurence Yep. This was the perfect book to introduce the topic. It introduces a family to relate to, while at the same time including lots of factual details. I appreciated that the author didn’t exclude all of the horror from the story, despite being for children. I’m of the opinion that some things need to reflect their hideous nature so that the audience knows that it was not an ordinary sad story but a truly horrific event that we never wish to have repeated. I think this book does that fairly tastefully.
The second story was about Mieko, a fictional character who survived the Nagasaki bombing. This story keeps the atomic bomb as the screened out background to this story of recovering and healing. I included it in our reading as it shows the human heart of the people who were so tragically affected. When you fall in love with the people it helps you to empathise with their pain and suffering.
Of course we also had to read about Sadako too; it’s almost mandatory reading. This picture book was a new addition to our collection this year.
I also have Eleanor Coerr’s chapter book version but we didn’t read this one. We’ll save it for next year.
The story of Sadako helps the reader understand that many years after the bomb, people were still dying as a result of the radiation. In the story Sadako develops leukemia. She begins making a thousand paper cranes in order to have her wish of life granted.
Throughout the week our mobile has slowly grown and is likely to grow some more.
Thankfully God doesn’t requires a thousand paper cranes to hear our prayers.
Rest in Peace, for the error shall not be repeated.