The Peace Bell (Hardcover)

By Margi Preus, Hideko Takahashi (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, 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 lives in Duluth, Minnesota, where a replica of the Peace Bell now resides. HIDEKO TAKAHASHI is the illustrator of many books for children, including "Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems "and "In My New Yellow Shirt." She lives in Seattle, Washington.