Running with Cosmos Flowers by Shizumi Manale

Running with Cosmos Flowers

In the wake of the bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II, the congregation of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, DC, sent school supplies to the students of Hiroshima's Honkawa Elementary School. In gratitude, the students sent back drawings-created with their new supplies-of their lives in the devastated city. These remarkable images depicted scenes of play and joy. The delicate cosmos flower, which grew and bloomed in spite of ...

Details Running with Cosmos Flowers

TitleRunning with Cosmos Flowers
Release DateJul 30th, 2014
PublisherPelican Publishing Company
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews Running with Cosmos Flowers

  • Roxanne
    Even though this book is fiction it reads like a non-fiction book. Hananko who is now elderly lived through the Hiroshima bombing after WW11. After the war it was very hard to rebuild and the children did not understand. This is the story of those school children who overcame difficulties after the war and they had to start over. American children began sending art and drawings over to Japan trying to cheer them up. A very heartfelt book.
  • Catherine Stickann
    I am so glad I won this book on Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. This book is under juvenile fiction, however, I really feel it is a book for all ages. The story is about the aftermath of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. The story is fiction based on interviews of the actual people who lived through the bombing. The story is so powerful about the human factor of war it should be required reading for all students.After reading this book ...
  • Sally
    A story of what happened at Hiroshima after the atom bomb. Told from the point of view of a young girl who lost her family except for an aunt and uncle, the narrative develops as she tries to make sense of the destruction, the loss, and the anger. She copes in a haphazard way since the "normal" life she was used to doesn't exist anymore. As she develops some stability, mostly through the school she attends, our notions of how the Japanese view th...
  • Salsabrarian
    The bombing of Hiroshima changes Hanako's life forever. She is the only survivor of her immediate family; she lives with her aunt and uncle until her uncle dies of radiation poisoning. Hanako, her friends and her neighbors soldier on to a new normal but the impact of the bomb forever colors how they see their lives. Tragic and searing.
  • Tamsyn
    Well-written, interesting perspective of a young girl who had left Hiroshima the day before the bomb dropped to stay with her aunt, and her life back in the city as it was being cleaned and rebuilt. The elementary school she attended was one of the few surviving structures, and her lessons and experiences there were particularly interesting. A short but powerful book.