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On the Horizon

Beloved author Lois Lowry looks back at history through a personal lens as she draws from her own memories as a child in Hawaii and Japan, as well as from historical research, in this stunning book of illustrated poetry for young readers.

On the Horizon tells the story of people whose lives were lost or forever altered by the twin tragedies of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. In her poetry, Lowry contemplates humanity and war through verse that sings with pain, truth, and the importance of bridging cultural divides. This masterful work emphasizes empathy and understanding in search of commonality and friendship, vital lessons for students as well as citizens of today’s world. Kenard Pak’s stunning illustrations depict real-life people, places, and events, making for an incredibly vivid return to our collective past.

In turns haunting, heartbreaking, and uplifting, On the Horizon will remind readers of the horrors and heroism in our past, as well as offer hope for our future.

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"Looking back at her childhood in Hawaii and then Japan, Lowry reflects on the bombings that began and ended a war and how they affected and connected everyone involved.... The poems bring the haunting human scale of war to the forefront, like the Christmas cards a sailor sent days before he died or the 4-year-old who was buried with his red tricycle after Hiroshima. All the personal stories — of sailors, civilians, and Lowry herself — are grounding. There is heartbreak and hope, reminding readers to reflect on the past to create a more peaceful future." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 13
Author Lois Lowry
Illustrator Kenard Pak
ISBN 0358129400
Publication Date Apr 7, 2020
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Language English