A Story for Children About Survival

Today I have a story for children about survival.  This work of nonfiction looks at a girl, Sachiko who survived the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki.  It is poignant, touching and focused on peace moving forward.  While I knew the story from American history books, it opened my eyes to hear the experience from the perspective of a young Japanese child.  The story remains respectful to all the participants, which will allow you to open your heart up even more.

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Title: SachikoSachiko a story for children about survival

Author: Caren Stelson

Target: Grades 5-8

What this book is about:

This work of nonfiction looks at the life of Sachiko, a six year old girl living in Nagasaki when the atomic bomb dropped. She lost her beloved brother Toshi immediately, and then two brothers and a sister to the effects of radiation poisoning. Miraculously her mother and father survived, although not without complications later in life. This book looks at the day the bomb fell and the after effects of being a hibakusha (a term for those who survived the bombings). Sachiko’s spiritual study of Hellen Keller, Martin Luther King and Ghandi, helped give rise to her voice and desire to share her experience with others.

Why I love this book:

  • This story could be overwhelming but instead the reader is completely invested in Sachiko from the first page. Her story tugged at my heartstrings, caused more than a few tears to be shed and reminded me that love does prevail even in the most devastating of times.
  • Quite a bit of history is strategically packed into this story. It never bogs down the narrative but serves to enhance Sachiko’s experience. The moment she had seeing Hellen Keller I found especially touching.
  • I adored the photos included in the book. They brought the story to life for me and are well integrated.

Who this book is for:

Great for any child studying or interested in WWII. The book will touch kids who are inspired by the desire for peace.

Final thoughts:

No one person owns the truth. The more we read about others and their truths, the sooner we get to an honest assessment of our history and actions. There are many facets to the bombing of Nagasaki and this book provides a heartfelt and poignant look at one woman’s journey in the context of a world outlook.

To purchase this book:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Sachiko.   A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.