The Peace Bell

The Peace Bell Cover

The Peace Bell

By Margi Preus; Hideko Takahashi (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805078008, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 30, 2008


Yuko's grandmother remembers that when she was a little girl many years ago in Japan, her town's beautiful temple bell was taken away to be used as scrap metal for the war effort. She thought she'd never see it again. After the war the bell was brought to America by a U. S. Navy crew who found it abandoned in a Japanese shipyard. Most amazing of all, the bell was later returned to Japan as a gesture of friendship between the former warring countries. Told in evocative prose, this inspiring story based on the American-Japanese Friendship Peace Bell celebrates peace between nations.

About the Author
Margi Preus is the author of "Celebritrees" and "The Peace Bell", which "School Library Journal" praised for its "[m]essage of peace between nations...eloquently conveyed." She writes plays and children s books in Duluth, Minnesota.

HIDEKO TAKAHASHI is the illustrator of several books for young readers, including "In My New Yellow Shirt" and Good Night, God Bless, which "Booklist" praised for its "strong, simple shapes." A native of Japan, Ms. Takahashi now lives in Seattle, Washington.