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The Peace Bell

The Peace Bell
Title: The Peace Bell
Author: Margi Preus
Illustrator: Hideko Takahashi
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company (2008)
ISBN: 9780805078008
Age: 6+

Yuko’s grandmother reminisces about her childhood. During the World War II, her town’s temple bell was removed for scrap metal to help the war effort. She never thought she would see the bell again. Unbeknown to the Yuko’s grandmother the bell survived the war intact. The U.S Navy found the bell abandoned in a Japanese shipyard and took it to America on their journey home. Many years later the Americans return the bell to Japan. It has since become a symbol of peace between two countries previously at war. Margi Preus intersperses Japanese phrases throughout the story.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum: Learn, testimonies and resources
Peace One Day: Peace One Day Primary Education Resource
UNICEF: What is Peace?
National Education Association: International Day Of Peace Resources
Margi Preus Official Website
Margi Preus Twitter
Hideko Takahashi Official Website 
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