We have been loving our school books this year, but we had two very close together that were quite sad. But, oh, so worth the read!
The first was The Big Wave. This book portrayed such a wise father whose example was inspiring when facing fear, danger, death and life. I enjoyed this book tremendously as it dealt so tenderly and honestly with grief.
The next book came just three school days after The Big Wave and was called Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. This book was about a girl bursting with personality and energy who gets leukemia because of the atomic bombs dropped in Japan.
If the first book was difficult to read through the magnification of tears, this book was nearly impossible to read through my outright sobbing. My words were unintelligible by the time we got to the epilogue. It would have been funny, if I hadn’t been so very sad.
My daughter looked at me and sad, “This is a very sad story.” I responded, “I know! Come here and hug me!”