So, Cherry Blossoms in Twilight is published and I see it is now on all the online bookseller sites. I am so excited! If you hop on over to www.moonbridgebooks.com to purchase (direct from the publisher!) you’ll probably get an autographed copy. This second edition is aimed at teachers because I’ve discovered there is a shortage of stories available for younger children that delve into personal experiences of WWII. Girl With The White Flag is a great true story of a child’s survival through the terrible battle of Okinawa, but the unflinching horrors are rough for elementary students. A Boy Called H is a great “autobiographical novel” sure to entertain and enlighten but it really is suitable for high school kids and older. Cherry Blossoms is a gentle and tender story about life in the near past that holds tears and life lessons, but is full of funny anecdotes sure to connect with youngsters (and perhaps remind oldsters of their own childhood). The book also includes Japanese children’s songs, some of which you can hear me singing (oh-oh) on the moonbridgebooks website (under Excerpts, Songs).
I’d like to again encourage readers to tell their own childhood stories to their families, sing the old songs, mention favorite foods (and find those yummy recipes of old). You might be surprised how educational your own stories are as snapshots of life in the recent past.