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Not really a children's book but great book for those who once were children.
Excellent supplement and companion to the author's "Number the Stars"; both based in historical reality. This book focuses on the human consequence of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima.
This unusual work by Lois Lowry, combines effectively her reminiscences of Hawaii just before Pearl Harbor and her living in postwar Japan as a young girl. Both of these experiences, seasoned by a lifetime of added experiences, have combined to create a poetic retrospective on the tragedy of war and how its catastrophic effects can change human nature for good.
The author's storytelling skills and poetic vignettes are both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Supported with high-quality line artwork, each story element creates an individual experience, memorable and specific, but when combined with the other pieces becomes a complete story filled with deep emotions.
This short read takes less than an hour, but it is worth reading many times. Rather than focusing on the ceremonial elements and historical facts of the Pacific War, this book pays homage to so many unnamed victims of war by focusing on a few personal experiences of participants and their survivors.
Images created from reading these few pages will change how you think and feel about people, life, and war. Striking especially to me was the author's focus on the 8:15 AM similarity between Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima, although nearly 4 years apart.
This is a book to read and contemplate slowly, while worthy of sharing and treasuring.
Well done! This is a meaningful homage to the best in humanity that arises from the results of war.
This is a wonderful tribute to Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. Lowis Lowry's 'The Giver' is my favorite book ever, and I was thrilled when I saw she had new work coming out.
This is a very short, but very poignant ode to Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima through the eyes of two small children (a young Lois Lowry being one of them). It's written almost entirely in verses and haiku's, but that makes it even more moving.
We are currently stationed in Hawaii with the Navy. My husband works in Pearl Harbor and reading this book now, while in this place, was special. This is a beautiful book, and I know I'll go back to it again before we leave here, and I will think of it every time I drive past the USS Arizona Memorial.
A wonderful book about how, despite cultural differences, we are all connected. The story is based on a picture from Lowry's childhood where the USS Arizona was on the horizon of a photo. The book then intersects with the lives of soldiers who perish on the ship on August 7th and then melds into the stories of those killed and injured on December 6th in Hiroshima. The experiences connect through watches, bikes, and moments of realization. Also, I really enjoyed the ending Triolets because they are one of my favorite poetic forms. A very touching book!
As someone who typically remains skeptical of miracles, this is a story that has me second guessing such chance happenings. At the very least, I am now convinced of the interconnectedness of all things in this life.
From a Hawaiian beach front to a school playground in Tokyo, Lowry brings readers through her reflections on WWII and the role it played not only within the world, but her childhood. More specifically, we are treated to Lowry's fateful re-connection with a figure from the past and their shared memories of this era. As I turned the final page in this story, I had full body chills. Not to mention Lowry writes this tale so eloquently in verse, adding a poetic touch to this project.
There is much to be learned from Lowry's ON THE HORIZON, now more than ever. A perfect read for quarantine.
What a unique book? Lowry has outdone herself with this remarkable, poetic tribute to the events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor. A quick read, yet one that will renew an unforgettable event in the history of the world. I highly recommend this to ....everyone!
This book was so well written in an unexpected style. I recently used it for my adult book club. We read it in a Reader's Theatre form because the writing just calls out to be read aloud. I am a retired teacher of 7th grade language arts and would have loved to have had it to teach them. It has a strong message of human connection.
Hauntingly beautiful. Well-researched, and just incredible. Lois Lowry has done a fantastic job of helping preserve the memories of a few lost in history. This book really makes you examine your own existence and place in time.
Books about war so often characterizes heroes and villains. This poetic narrative depicts the all so relatable human side of people like the friends, neighbors and family you grew up with, whose lives were forever altered by cataclysmic events: the attack on Pearl Harbor and the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. A read that made me feel deeply for their loss.