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Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's…

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story

by Caren Stelson

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  jet6 | May 7, 2017 |
Summary: A story of Sachiko Yasui who was six years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her hometown Nagasaki. On August 9, 1945, Sachiko went from playing house with her friends to burying them. In the bombing, she also lost her brother that day and continued to lose more family members due to radiation sickness. She was ostracized growing up because of her status as a bomb survivor, also known as hibakusha. She faced challenges, trauma, and bullying but she endured all of it. Sachiko sought out inspiration from inspirational figures such as Helen Keller, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther Kind Jr. Whom all helped Sachiko come to peace with the events that took place in her life. The author writes about Sachiko and about hearing her speak at the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Which was the beginning of the process of countless meetings, and interviews with Sachiko to tell her story.

Personal Response: This book captures the life of Sachiko Yasui, who went through major life challenges but continued to endure, live, and overcome her struggles. This book touches close to my heart, as I am Japanese and I have been to the various museums and memorials that are caused by the atomic bomb. But this story will make you cry with sadness and smile with joy. It is a difficult book to read, but very touching and educational.

Curriculum Connections: This book can be used with higher middle school and high school Social Studies classes when learning about World War Two and the atomic bomb that was dropped in Japan, which ended the war. It can teach students the effect the bombs had on people, their families, and their whole life. It can also be used when studying non-fiction writing and the various ways that can be done including writing a biography first hand, having someone else write it or writing other non-fiction writings. ( )
  ftakahashi | Mar 25, 2017 |
The true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the bombing of Nagasaki. It's a well-documented, historical point of view of the aftermath and final moments of World War II.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Mar 8, 2017 |
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Tells the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki through the eyes of Sachiko Yasui, who was six when the devastation was wrought, describing her experiences in the aftermath of the attack as well as her long journey to find peace.

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