When the Atomic Ash Blows Away, the Wild Flowers Grow Stronger
There are many books that involve WWII, but few books convey the war through the eyes of a child. Young Namie experiences the changes that war brings such as losing her favorite teacher, moving to a new place, and watching the horrors of the atomic bomb over Nagasaki. Throughout the hardship of war, Namie was still able to find the simple pleasures of life by looking at the innocent flowers that still bloom in Japan today.
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The Garden At School
acorns Ariake Sea arm stretched Art teacher artwork Atomic Bomb Author Namie Wren Azuma Village B29 bombers backyard beautiful butterﬂies beautiful leaves blossom blue sky boats and tankers bodies Bomb exploded breath burning butterﬂies and dragonﬂies Camellia ﬂower climb Cloud dragged drier Emperor’s Speech ending in chaos enjoy escape everything factory ﬁnd those beautiful ﬁrst ﬂoor Flower ﬂower bud ﬂying friends froze Fukuoka garden gather groaning happily happy harbor heard heart hometown of Ohmuta honor huge husband innocent Japanese long ago looked lunch magical memories mountain road mountaintop Nagasaki City naked Ohmuta City opened picnic poppy ﬂower realized Rescue Boat river running safe place scattered schoolyard shouted sight silence sirens skirt slowly smile southern Japan started Suddenly summer sunﬂower things told Tonight top secret unusual village authorities Village in Nagasaki wall wanted to ﬁnd watched weeds were growing window