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I'm a 5th grade teacher who loves to support the Social Studies content with picture books, and this is now one of my all-time favorites (& students loved it too)! Such a great retelling of a fascinating true story...don't hesitate in adding this to your collection; its beautifully told & the illustrations enhance each page. This is the type of "war story" that we need to be sharing with our children...the themes of kindness & redemption are sure to leave a lasting impression on all who read or listen to this book.
I bought this book for my sons 7th Birthday. He has a quirky love for WW2, loves airplanes & we live in Oregon so this book was a no brainer. It is a bit mature for a 7 year old and even mentions suicide but I skip that part when reading it to him. The text is quite lengthy as well. My son loves it but I'm not sure you're average child in that age range would.
I didn't know the story at all. Forgiveness of the people of the town and Fujita's sincere efforts for mutual understanding are really impressive. Can be a nice and though-provoking material for multicultural education.
The story was well written and well illustrated, but too short for my liking. It's a great book for intermediate readers about a long-forgotten and not-well publicized attack during WW2. The human factor was very well transmitted however.