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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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Hiroshima No Pika by Toshi Maruki. August 6,8: Japan A little girl and her parents are eating breakfast, and then it happened.
Children’s war books: Hiroshima no pika written and illustrated by Toshi Maruki
This hirosuima is dedicated to the fervent hope the Flash will never happen again, anywhere. Hardcover48 pages. Published August 1st by HarperCollins first published HiroshimaJapan. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hiroshima No Pikaplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Jun 02, Casey Lawson rated it really liked it. I started out reading this book for my children’s lit class at PSU. What first drew me to this book was the fact that it was about Hiroshima, and me being half japanese, I wanted to see what they wrote down.
I mean other than japanese, japanese americans, and history enthusiast who knows a lot about what actually happened that day in Japan? I know a few people could tell me the name of the bomb that hit, and what day, but how did those people feel?
It is an I started out reading this book for my children’s lit class at PSU. It is an amazing well written book from a point of view of a 7 year old japanese girl.
HIROSHIMA NO PIKA by Toshi Maruki | Kirkus Reviews
She started out her boring like any other morning hiorshima the bomb hit. It goes into some graphic stuff, which would be hard for me if I had children to show, but as a human I feel like we should see what we are capable of and what we do has effect on others.
The pictures are beyond moving, and at one moment in time i felt like shutting the book entirely and no longer reading it. But it shows exactly what happened that day and the cause and effect it had on these people. I would suggest any person to read this, young or old, and to never forget what we did that day.
Feb 09, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: I will just include the review that I made for my class as it is more descriptive: The after-effects of the bomb is seen through the eyes a young Japanese family, in particular the seven year old daughter Mii.
Ever year on August 6, the people of Hiroshima light lanterns to remember the dead and let them drift down the rivers that run through the city. The book warns I will just include the review that I made for my class as it is more descriptive: The book warns that atomic bombs should never be used again.
Again, this is another book I never heard of before this assignment.
Hiroshima No Pika – The Flash of Hiroshima – Toshi Maruki
I got upset reading this book, especially in seeing the images of all the naked bloated bodies of the men, women and children floating down the rivers. Despite this, I hirlshima it was a well-done book and I was eager to know more about the events of that day.
As an American, I know that we dropped the bomb on the Japanese to end to the war. Do I know whether it was hiorshima or not? I can’t answer that, though others I know have different opinions. Others think about what the Japanese did to Americans at Pearl Hirosuima, Guadalcanal hirlshima other sites, and think that it is a good enough reason.
I know my paternal grandfather, who fought in the Pacific during the entire war, hated the Japanese afterwards. I personally don’t believe we pikx dropped the bomb. Yes, it ended the war, but at what cost? Not only did 70, people die but many were stricken with cancer or other long term radiation-related illnesses.
I found a website called the A-Bomb WWW Museum and learned more about what had happened and how big the devastation actually was. I also visited webpages based on the work of the illustrator and her husband Iri Maruki and their Hiroshima Panels, which also show the destruction to the city and the lives of its people.
I will say that I am now, more so than ever, against nuclear proliferation. The watercolor painted illustrations made this book. The story itself is sad, but the illustrations make it heartbreaking. The reader goes from seeing hiroahima happy family eating breakfast together to total chaos as bodies are hurled through the air and their clothes are burned off.
Maruki did a good job of describing visually how much of a hell on earth Hiroshima was after the bomb dropped, with the swirling fires of dark reds and blacks. The illustrations describe hiroshia sense of despair and hopelessness that the people are feeling as their city, and their lives, are destroyed.
This book is suitable for gradesand it is a multicultural title. View all 3 comments. Jan 27, Becca rated it liked it Shelves: I had to read this Japanese picture book for my International Children’s Literature class. It’s the story of a small family’s experience when the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
The pictures are very graphic, as the bomb did away with everyone’s clothes. Not only is everyone naked, but the images are unnatural and warped. I am glad I read it, however, because I gained insight into the effects of the bomb on the citizens of Hiroshima.
Reading this book also caused me to think about the morality of the atom bomb itself, and that led to great discussions with my husband. My hiroshina with this book 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. This book is not appropriate for young children. I wouldn’t want any child younger than at least 8 to look at this book, and by then, most children are out of the picture book stage.
Jun 01, Phil Jensen rated it really liked it. Disturbing, gut-wrenching book about the Hiroshima bombing. The text is composed of terse, immaculate sentences that sketch the outlines of what happened, and the illustrations graphically describe the pain and sorrow of the civilians who were horoshima.
The Hiroshima bombing remains controversial to this day, with arguments being made on both sides. This book should be part of the discussion. I don’t know how you Disturbing, gut-wrenching book about the Hiroshima bombing. I don’t know how young Hiroshi,a would go with it, though. It would depend on the timing and the context. This might be hiroshimx of those more intense books that ppika can roll out in the late winter when the students are lika a little more safe and comfortable. So maybe under the right circumstances you could use it with 8 or 9 year olds.
Incidentally, the title translates to “The Flash of Hiroshima. Feb 01, Roger DeBlanck rated it really liked it Shelves: This non-fiction picture book is intended for upper-age elementary students. The light was bright orange—then white, like thousands of lightning bolts all striking at once. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are quite possibly two of the most horrific events in the history of the world, and Hiroshima No Pika pikaa on the sensitive subject by remembering what happened in grip This non-fiction picture book is intended for upper-age elementary students.
The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki pia quite possibly two of the most horrific events in the history of the hirosuima, and Hiroshima No Pika takes on the sensitive subject by remembering what happened in gripping and graphic fashion.
Nov 24, Katie Carson rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really enjoyed this international historical fiction picture book. Initially, my first reaction to the book was the consideration that the author was from Japan. I was instantly intrigued by her perspective on a tragedy that the Americans brought on the Japanese. After my reading of the story, I read the author, Toshi Pkia, actually got the idea for this book from her interactions with a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing.
The survivor had carried with her a feeling that when she shared her e I really enjoyed this international historical fiction picture book. The survivor had carried with her a feeling that when she shared her experience with others, they reacted as though she were exaggerating and trying to draw upon pikaa pity. Once she realized that Maruki did not feel that way about her experiences plka the Hiroshima blast, the survivor opened up, asking Hirooshima and others to “please believe me!
That being said, this hiroxhima could be considered fiction based research. Although Maruki herself did not experience the Hiroshima bombing, she based the writing of this picture book on this survivor’s story, as well as other observations she was given from those who experience the Hiroshima tragedy first-hand.
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. Unlike the information text, Hiroshima No Piku applied a name and a fact to the historic tragedy of the atomic bomb.
It showed innocent characters eating breakfast when the bomb dropped in order to emphasize the blamelessness of the citizens who were attacked. Seeing the devastation through the eyes of a young girl, readers are even more sympathetic to the story. I was also fascinated by the beautiful illustrations in the book. Although many images were rather disturbing, I felt that in many ways, the illustrations were more powerful than any photograph image could have been.
Dec 05, Kitty Red-Eye rated it liked it Shelves: