On a clear summer morning, the seven rivers of Hiroshima flow tranquilly through the city and people board the streetcars slowly plying the main avenu. Hiroshima No Pika (The Flash of Hiroshima) That morning in Hiroshima the sky was blue and cloudless. The sun was shining. Streetcars had. Hiroshima no pika written and illustrated by Toshi Maruki (translation of the same Japanese title; New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, ).

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The pictures are very graphic, as the bomb did away with everyone’s clothes.

Hiroshima No Pika

Thursday, 12 October Hiroshima no pika written and illustrated by Toshi Maruki. I am now past seventy years old.

I personally don’t believe we should’ve dropped the bomb. I read this as an e-book. The light was bright orange — then white, like thousands of lightning bolts all striking at once. I do think that some background knowledge and scaffolding would be necessary for students before reading this book, but I do think this is a great example of a book that can provide an international perspective for our young readers.

Nothing really new for me, but it still always an event difficult to read about. What happened to the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should never happen to anyone again, which is the premise of this book.

The pictures are beyond moving, and at one moment in time i felt like shutting the book entirely and no longer reading it. It is an extremely hiroshimz and grim tale that leaves little to the imagination.



Because I used this book in comparison with a factual information book on the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, it helped for me to distinguish differences between the two texts. They continue trying to find safety, but something unexpected occurs — the fire moves or there is no one to help. This is pima great way to show a perspective on how bad and brutal this event niroshima. Bent and broken, it still contained some sweet potatoes.

Then she did something amazing.

Four days after the bomb, Mii let go of her chopsticks. Miyajima was covered with beautiful pine and maple trees and surrounded by clear water. The story is told from a seven year old, Mii, and discusses the effects of the bombing, both during and after.

An entry in Kirkus reviews is always prestigious. Feb 09, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: And the story is every bit as heartbreaking as the “Barefoot Gen” comics about which I’m passionate by nowjust almost This little book is much better than my three stars express, it’s just that it left me with a feeling of wrong, wrong, wrong. I can’t answer that, though others I know have different opinions.

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Hiroshima No Pika by Toshi Maruki

It was heartbreaking to hear the destruction that happened to these people, and then all over again to the people of Nagasaki. The book feeds in some factual details about the atomic bomb and ends with the lantern memorial service held each year on the seven rivers. I liked this book and I thought it was extremely informative. In this book she reminds us not only of survivors who still suffer the aftereffects of the A-bomb many decades later, but also of piia victims like the Koreans who were brought to Japan for forced labor, only to be killed there by the bomb.


A school building that was still standing had been turned into a hospital, and they took Father there.

Feb 16, Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it liked it Shelves: She lifted him onto her back and, taking Mii by the hand, started running. Streetcars had hiroshma making rounds, picking up people who were on their way to work. But I think the genre and target yiroshima here is out of line, way out of line. My problem with this piia is that the author chose to share this story in a picture book format, and states in the back of the book that her audience is children.

Without a doubt the most gripping and horrifying picture book I have ever read, Hiroshima No Pika, chronicles the explosion of the first of two atomic bombs dropped on Japan by the United States to end WWII. This is a terrible event, and parts of the text would be upsetting to younger or even older children: Japan A little girl and her parents are eating breakfast, and then it happened. There were no doctors, no medicine, no bandages—only shelter.