Shin's Tricycle by Tatsuharu Kodama

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A beautifully illustrated true story of another family's experience of the bombing of Hiroshima. Shin's uncle is able to get him the impossible: the tricycle he desperately wants. He is riding the wonderful, brand-new tricycle when the atom bomb is dropped. Shin is found in the rubble, holding on to his treasure. He dies later that day, ten days before his fourth birthday. The tricycle now sits in the Peace Museum in Hiroshima.

About Tatsuharu Kodama

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Published August 1, 1995 by Walker Childrens. 32 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Told in the first-person voice of a grieving father, the story tells how the boy wanted a tricycle, scarce during the war, and was still gripping its handle when he was dug from the rubble of the blast.

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of Shin's father finding the ``little bones'' of his deceased daughters-are harsh fare for young readers.

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