Publication date: 2 April 2020
One thousand paper cranes to achieve your heart’s desire.
1945, Hiroshima: Ichiro is a teenage boy relaxing at home with his friend Hiro. Moments later there is a blinding fl ash as the horrifi c nuclear bomb is dropped. With great bravery the two boys fi nd Hiro’s fi veyear-old sister Keiko in the devastated and blasted landscape. With Hiro succumbing to his wounds, Ichiro
is now the only one who can take care of Keiko. But in the chaos Ichiro loses her when he sets off to fi nd help.
Seventy years later, the loss of Keiko and his broken promise to his dying friend are haunƟ ng the old man’s fading years. Mizuki, his grandaughter, is determined to help him. As the Japanese legend goes, if you have the patience to fold 1,000 paper cranes, you will fi nd your heart’s desire; and it turns out her grandfather has only one more origami crane to fold…
Narrated in a compelling mix of straight straight narrative,
free verse and haiku poems, this is a haunting and powerful novel of courage and survival, with full-page illustrations by Natsko Seki.
The Last Paper Crane is a touching tale inspired by the bombing of Hiroshima. It is beautifully illustrated by Natsko Seki. Written in a simple but heart-wrenching format by Kerry Drewery. This book can be read by people of all ages. It will not fail to tug at your heartstrings and mourn the outcome of brutal measures taken to end the War.
The book has two points of view:
The grandchild – it is written in poetry, pop poetry if you will it. Mizuki is a bookish person thanks to the cultivation of Ichiro, the grandfather. In Mizuki’s POV, we see her trying to bring the light back in her grandfather’s eyes. Ever since her grandmother passed away, Ichiro became distant and grumpy.
The grandfather – Ichiro is a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. It is his eyes that you see the life before the bombing of Hiroshima as a local and the devastation of loss and suffering. What do you do when the world around you is living hell? You get up, brush the ashes from your body and grit your teeth from the burns. You walk one foot, then one more until you find safety. His side of the story is told in a normal storytelling way with some poetic sentences. You can’t help but fall in love with his strong-willed character and his resolve to survive.
“There is magic in books”