Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sachiko A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson

Those of you who are interested in WWII know that the war ended after the U.S dropped two atomic bombs on Japan--one on the city of Hiroshima and one on the city of Nagasaki.  Sachiko is the true story of a 6-year-old girl who survived the bombing of Nagasaki. I found the book fascinating because I have never read or even heard an atomic bomb survivor story before.

The photographs and maps throughout the book really helped me to understand and appreciate the subject matter. Sections of explanatory facts are mixed in with Sachiko's story so that even those unfamiliar with the details of WWII get necessary background information.

This is more than an interesting book about a fascinating  war; it is a perfect example of why history is critically important. As Sachiko says, "What happens to me must never happen to you."

This book has won numerous awards, one being the coveted Robert F. Sibert Award.  I recommend Sachiko for 5th or 6th graders who like to read non-fiction and are interested in WWII.

Warning: The content is mature and can be, of course, disturbing.

Mrs. N.

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