Yukie's Island: My Family's World War II Story

By Yukie Kimura, Kodo Kimura, Steve Sheinkin
Illustrators Illustrated by Kodo Kimura Edition

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Publisher Macmillan Imprint Roaring Brook ISBN


Yukie's Island: My Family's World War II Story

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Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War

A picture book autobiography by Yukie Kimura about her childhood in Japan during World War II, co-written by her son and bestselling nonfiction author Steve Sheinkin.

It's 1945, the final year of World War II. Yukie Kimura is eight years old, she lives on a tiny island with a lighthouse in the north of Japan with her family, and she knows that the fighting that once felt so far away is getting closer.

Then, it happens. One Sunday, bombs are dropped. The war ends soon after that. Everyone tells Yukie there's nothing to be scared of anymore, but she's not so sure. So she watches and she waits—until a miraculous sight finally allows her to be a kid again.

This is the true story of Yukie Kimura told in her own words, with the help of her son, Kodo Kimura, and her son-in-law, Steve Sheinkin. Yukie's Island is an honest, thoughtful, and stirring picture book about being a child living through wartime.

Authors’ notes, with photographs. Full-color illustrations were rendered using oil on canvas and adjustments in Photoshop.
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