Praise for Peace Tree

“An endearing tale of a tree’s rich life experience, this book is a wonderful way to introduce the history of the relationship between Japan and the United States.”  – Manhattan Book Review

bonsai and boy“A first book for journalist Sandra Moore, Peace Tree couldn’t be a better choice to begin an authorly career. Artist Kazumi Wilds, herself a Japanese transplant to America according to her back flap bio, provides thoughtfully detailed, complementary context to Moore’s touching text – a macaque mother and baby safe in the forest, morning glory blossom vines climbing up behind a father and son at work, juxtaposed against the blackness of the explosion to come, the still-rubbled buildings even decades after recovery, and more. The result of many hands – much like Miyajima the Peace Tree – the book is proof and testimony to the restorative effects of attentive caring, and the redemptive powers of nurturing peace.”
– Terry Hong, BookDragon / Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Read full review

logo-publishers weekly“Closing notes separate fact from fiction and discuss the art of bonsai in this straightforward but affecting tribute to patience, dedication, and a generosity of spirit that surmounted tragedy.”     – Publisher’s Weekly   Read full review

 “This story is about the art of caring.  Its message will speak to the heart of any child who reads it and nourish its roots in the process.”
– Ron Himler, illustrator, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

“This bonsai, almost 400 years old, lived through the atomic bombing of Hiroshima! The surivival of the tree, which had been sitting on the bench behind the wall at the Yamaki home, not far from the epicenter of the blast, was in and of itself astonishing. But just as amazing was that Mr. Yamaki had not mentioned this critical fact when he donated the bonsai – that he had given such a masterpiece to America, his former enemy, and that in making the gift Mr. Yamaki must have been forgiving America for dropping the bomb on his home city. In that instant, the yamaki pine became an international symbol of peace.”
Felix Laughlin, President, National Bonsai Foundation

man garden“As a documentary film producer who has focused on an the extraordinary peacemaking gestures of children from Washington, DC and Hiroshima Japan in the immediate aftermath of war, I was touched to learn about the Yamaki bonsai tree who survived the bombing and went on to become a symbol of peace.  This is a warm-hearted story along with inspiring illustrations by Japanese illustrator Kazumi Wilds.”
  –  Shizumi Shigeto Manale, film producer,
Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard
and author, Running with Cosmos Flowers; the Children of Hiroshima

kneeling“Unforgettable journey of the Peace Tree through generations of family, time, and place to provide the healing needed after Hiroshima.  A great read aloud and must have in any elementary school library collection!    It is so thoughtfully written and filled with child appropriate illustrations of a difficult time in history.  The book spans many teachable moments of an elementary curriculum.”
–   Angela Smith, Lower school librarian, Sidwell Friends    

peace tree 3D image 250 smThe Peace Tree from Hiroshima is
now available from Tuttle Publishing