Twelve year old Yuriko has a privileged life. She lives in Hiroshima with her father, aunt, and cousin, has a best friend who is like a sister, and enjoys school. However, there are signs of the war all around her and air raids siren practices have become almost a daily occurrence. The war becomes impossible to ignore as a young man in the neighborhood receives a red card from the Emperor and is sent to fight for the Imperial Army. When Yuriko discovers information about her past, and soon after the atomic bomb is dropped on her city, her whole world seemingly comes to an end. The Last Cherry Blossom is an incredible story based upon the life of Burkinshaw’s own mother, and is an important read for students and teachers alike.
As students read The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw, they'll encounter Japanese terms or other new vocabulary! Create a storyboard to define and illustrate these.
(n.) Cherry Blossoms
(n). A formal Japanese robe.
(n.) A room divider made from paper over a wood frame used in traditional Japanese homes.
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