A whale falls in love with a military submarine, and dies courting her; a mother caught in a fire following a bombing gives all her body’s water to save her son, and her desiccated form turns into a kite; a wolf rescues a sick child abandoned by her parents, only to die himself at the hand of men. However, bunkers can also become real homes, a small Japanese girl and an American POW briefly understand each other and a miraculous tree feeds starving children… Akiyuki Nosaka remembers what it was like to be a child caught in war-torn Japan in 1945, and he retells his experiences in this collection of powerful and beautifully expressive stories for children.
|Contents: The Whale That Fell in Love with a Submarine; The Parrot and the Boy; The Mother That Turned into a Kite; The Old She-Wolf and the Little Girl; The Red Dragonfly and the Cockroach; The Prisoner of War and the Little Girl; The Cake Tree in the Ruins.
|Children and war
World War II
|Pushkin Children’s Books
|japanese publication date:
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|112 pages ; illustrated ; 14 x 19 cm.
|Illustrated by Mika Private-Carlone