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Overview Describes the American invasion of Okinawa through the eyes of a seven-year-old child.
Publishers Description New York Newsday called this memoir of a warhood childhood in Japan "one of the saddest and yet most uplifting books about childhood you will ever encounter."
Separated from her family in the confusion and horror of World War II, seven-year-old Tomiko Higa struggles to survive on the battlefield of Okinawa, Japan. There, as some of the fiercest fighting of the war rages around her, she must live alone, with nothing to fall back on but her own wits and daring. Fleeing from encroaching enemy forces, searching desperately for her lost sisters, taking scraps of food from the knapsacks of dead soldiers, risking death at every turn, Tomiko somehow finds the strength and courage to survive.
Many years later she decided to tell this story. Originally intended for juvenile readers, it is sure to move adults as well, because it is such a vivid portrait of the unintended civilian casualties of any war.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 14, 2003
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770029314 ISBN13 9784770029317
Availability 0 units.
More About Tomika Higa & Dorothy Britton
Born in Okinawa, TOMOKO HIGA worked for twenty-seven years at the Okinawa branch of the American Express Company while completing her high school and undergraduate education. She graduated in law from the University of Okinawa in 1991. In 1984, when film footage of a little girl carrying a white flag drew public attention, Higa finally decided to come forward. Her gripping narrative achieved popular and critical acclaim in her native country, and the now-famous photo of the author has become a symbol calling for world peace.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Girl with the White Flag?
The girl with the white flag Apr 26, 2008
Excellent moving tale of young girl's survival during battle of okinawa. An excellent book for teachers to use in their classes. Having lived in Okinawa and studied the battle, the book lends a gentler more personal insight into the plight of the Okinawans who were often forcibly removed from shelters such as caves to make room for Japanese troops. Over 100,000 civilians perished in the conflict.
Not Great Jun 12, 2007
I thought this book was okay. You would like it if you liked learning about Japan during WWII, but I found it badly written. The end is unsatisfactory and the way it was written, even though it was non-fiction was boring to me.
Hope and Miracles Jun 6, 2007
This book with its unadorned account of survival through the terrible battle of Okinawa is an important reminder of just how cruel war is, especially to those caught in the middle. Little Tomiko struggles against all odds and lives to tell this amazing story of desperation and courage. Not for sensitive kids; I would recommend this to middle schoolers and older - this is the real thing, not just a video game. Heartbreaking and horrifying, but with beautiful moments and miracles.
traumatized me in 4th grade Feb 1, 2007
I just googled this book to show to my friend becasue its recommended as a childrens book and when i read it in 4th grade (im 24 now) this book scared the poop out of me. I dont think its a ppropriate for young children. I still cringe thinking about some of the chapters where she is forced to squezze puss from her amputated friends limbs. Ewwww! Amazing story but i think you should be a bit older before you absorb the ferocious atrtocities of war.
Great for all Jan 15, 2007
Title: The Girl with the White Flag: An Inspiring Story of Love and Courage in War Time Author: Tomiko Higa Genre: Memoir
Synopsis: Tomiko Hiko was seven years old on the island of Okinawa when Allied forces land. Decades later, she discovers a picture of herself as a child, carrying a white flag and surrendering to enemy forces, with a line of Japanese soldiers behind her. Finding the picture triggered repressed memories, which were compiled in this short memoir of the war years, particularly the invasion. Separated from her family, she faced the enemy alone.
Quote: "Remembering Father's words to die with a brave smile, the author waves at the camera."
Grade: B+ Review: I first read this book in high school, and it is one of the few I picked up at that time that I remember vividly. I have to come back to it every few years to see if it is as moving as I remember it. OF course, it always is. It's a great book the other side of Okinawa, family, love, war.