Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana

Ichiro lives in New York City and is very proud of his American father who died in the Iraq war.  When his mother takes him to Japan for the first time he has to spend all his time with his grandfather Sato.  Sato takes Ichiro around Japan to various temples and to the Hiroshima Peace Park, telling Ichiro the stories of the gods and about the results of the nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.  At first Ichiro is skeptical and doesn't see why he should care but he slowly begins to understand more about the cost of war.  He also realizes that he can love and honor his father even while questioning what's right.