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The Peace Bell by Margi Preus

The Peace Bell (edition 2008)

by Margi Preus, Hideko Takahashi (Illustrator)

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Title:The Peace Bell
Authors:Margi Preus
Other authors:Hideko Takahashi (Illustrator)
Info:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2008), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Acknowledgements, Structure, Living like an illustrator, Similes, Japan, Multicultural, Memory, War & children, My World & Others, Loss, Peace, Friends & Family, Author note

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A truly sad story about a bell that people loved and how it was going to be turned into scrape for World War 2. The book was a joy to read and it reminded me of how even after the war both America and Japan still find ways to amend our relationship, even with small things such as a bell. Not only was the story amazing but the pictures were just as great. The images really captured life in Japan during the 1940's and I felt I could just jump into those pictures and be present with Yuko and her family. After reading the book, I read the end note of the story and I was shocked to find out this story was fiction but based on a more real story in Isumi City. This book was definitely worth the read. ( )
  Remy_Ferrell | Oct 1, 2014 |
This is the story of a Japanese temple bell sent to the scrap heap during WWII to be melted down to make weapons. It was spared and sent to Minnesota for a while and then eventually returned to its village in Japan as a gesture of peace.
  NEYM_RE_Library | Dec 3, 2013 |
Based upon the true story of the American-Japanese Friendship Peace Bell, this lovely little picture-book is an exploration of the cultural losses associated with war, and the possibility for healing that peace brings. It follows the story of a Japanese woman (then a girl) whose village donates their temple bell to be used as scrap metal during World War II. Somehow, miraculously, the bell survives, and ends up in Minnesota. Eventually, it is returned to its home, and new bonds of friendship are formed...

Margi Preus' gentle narrative paints an evocative portrait of one young woman's sense of loss, both during the war: "As the war went on, nobody sang anymore... And though I tried to hold the song of the bell close to me, it was so far away that not even an echo remained;" and long afterward: "Years passed and my heart began to fill up... But there was still an empty spot in my heart where the bell's song used to live." The journey of the bell, made all the more powerful by being filtered through the lens of one individual's experience, is also recorded in Hideko Takahashi's acrylic illustrations, which capture the emotions of each scene perfectly. A brief afterward gives the basic facts of the "real" story. Highly recommended! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 18, 2013 |
This story tells of the Japanese Temple Bells that were donated to make shells and casings for bullets during WWII. The bell was used to chase away the worries of the world. The bell ends up in Minnesota and over time it is returned to the town by Americans as a sign of peace between the two countries. ( )
  lakertraw | Feb 8, 2012 |
Bell used in festivals in Ohara in Japan were given to war effort to melt down. Later found by American soldiers and moved to Minnesota (Duluth), bell finally returned to original town years later. Gives a contrived picture of the war, but may give some insight into preserving/returning others' important relics. ( )
  allaboutliteracy | Feb 4, 2011 |
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Yuko’s grandmother remembers that when she was a little girl many years ago in Japan, her town’s beautiful temple bell was taken away to be used as scrap metal for the war effort. She thought she’d never see it again. After the war the bell was brought to America by a U. S. Navy crew who found it abandoned in a Japanese shipyard. Most amazing of all, the bell was later returned to Japan as a gesture of friendship between the former warring countries. Told in evocative prose, this inspiring story based on the American-Japanese Friendship Peace Bell celebrates peace between nations.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:32 -0400)

Yoko's grandmother tells about how the bell in their town that would ring on New Year's Eve is given up during the war for scrap metal, finds its way back to their village, and becomes known as the Peace Bell.

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