Fall 2020

A Bowl Full of Peace

A True Story

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

A heartbreaking but essential perspective on war and survival.—starred, Kirkus Reviews

In this deeply moving nonfiction picture book, award-winning author Caren Stelson brings Sachiko Yasui’s story of surviving the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and her message of peace to a young audience.

Sachiko’s family home was about half a mile from where the atomic bomb fell on August 9, 1945. Her family experienced devastating loss. When they returned to the rubble where their home once stood, her father miraculously found their serving bowl fully intact. This delicate, green, leaf-shaped bowl—which once held their daily meals—now holds memories of the past and serves as a vessel of hope, peace, and new traditions for Sachiko and the surviving members of her family.

Format Your Price
978-1-5415-2148-3
$13.49
978-1-5415-8219-4
$20.99
Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diversity, Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2020-08-04
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF025130, JNF019000, JNF053030
Dewey 940.54/252244092 [B]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 650
Guided Reading Level S
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Awards

  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2020
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2020

Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

“[A] symbol of survival. . . . Kusaka’s illustrations effectively focus on Sachiko’s family and the ways they used the bowl to create an orderly family life even in the midst of, and after, a devastating war.”—starred, The Horn Book Magazine

Publishers Weekly

" . . . The soft edges of Kusaka’s digital artwork mimic pastel images and show the catastrophe and its aftermath directly."—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“A heartbreaking but essential perspective on war and survival.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Booklist

“A powerful entry point for discussing the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the importance of peace and disarmament. Stunning.”—starred, Booklist

School Library Journal

“A useful resource that could be tied to the International Day of Peace.”—School Library Journal

Author: Caren Stelson

When author Caren Stelson first heard Sachiko Yasui speak, she knew she needed to share her story with young people. She eventually made five trips to Japan to interview Sachiko in Nagasaki and conduct additional research. Caren's book for middle grade readers, Sachiko: A Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivor's Story, was longlisted for a National Book Award and received a Sibert Honor Award, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award. Caren and her husband Kim live in Minneapolis. They have two adult children and one grandson, Reid, who, like the readers of A Bowl Full of Peace, will be our next generation of peacemakers. www.carenstelson.com

Illustrator: Akira Kusaka