Wednesday, January 29, 2020

18. On the Horizon

On the Horizon. Lois Lowry. Illustrated by Kenard Pak. [April 2020] HMH. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy] [Autobiography; Biography; Children's Nonfiction; World War II; poetry]

First sentence: On December 7, 1941, early on a Sunday morning, Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii.

Premise/plot: Lois Lowry has written an autobiography in verse focusing on the second world war. The book focuses primarily on two horizons--the first being PEARL HARBOR and the second being HIROSHIMA. I say focuses primarily on those two huge events--their impact and legacy--but it doesn't do so exclusively. Lowry and her family spent time in Japan--her father was stationed there for the military--after the war. Nor is the book narrated exclusively through her eyes, her perspective. It is told in three parts or sections. The first and third are more her perspective, the second adopts the viewpoint of those who witnessed the dropping of the atomic bomb.

My thoughts: I loved, loved, loved, loved this one so much. Granted I am partial to Lois Lowry. Granted I have a HUGE collection of World War II books. But I loved, loved, loved it. I hope others do as well. I really enjoyed the verse format of this one. Much more than I was expecting to enjoy it!

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