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Children of War: Lois Lowry’s WWII Children’s Book

Have you heard of Lois Lowry?  It’s hard to imagine not coming across her work at least once during our time in school.  Lois Lowry is a two-time Newbery Medalist winner, getting the awards for “Number the Stars” in 1990 and “The Giver” in 1994.

 

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If you are a fan of Lois Lowry, then keep your eyes and ears peeled for this!  Lowry has a new children’s book, “On the Horizon,” that will be published on April 7.  The book is a collection of reflections on World War II, drawing from her experiences from her own childhood spent in Japan during the war.  Lowry asks readers to empathize with people from both sides of the conflict by offering vignettes of those who lost their lives in the war.

 

After that, Lowry turns to herself and her guilt for living in Tokyo after the war ended.  She felt isolation when she would watch Japanese kids play together, never receiving an invitation to play with them.  She dared not ask to join them, either.

 

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The content in her new book is questionable in its suitability for kids, but I don’t think that kids should be shielded from darkness in the world.  It unfortunately accompanies each and every one of us every day.  It is a part of life, something that kids should be made aware of.  However, Lowry’s core message in her book is this: we all benefit from a more peaceful world.

 

In an interview with Lois Lowry about her new book, Shay Maunz of TIME poses her questions like why she chose to write the book in poems instead of prose, or her experience of World War II as a kid.  Lowry’s answers are really interesting.  For her first question, she answered that her newest book took its form through what is essentially a  process, something any kind of artist goes through with any medium.  Her answer for the second question goes into depth about her worries over her father.  The interview with TIME seems to include the full dialogue, so if you’re interested in reading about all the answers relating to her new book, you can check that out.

 

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Happy Birthday Lois Lowry!

Today marks the birthday of renowned children’s book author Lois Lowry. Happy birthday, Lowry! Lois Lowry turns eighty-two-years-old today, bringing with her a long and renowned career for her writing. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lowry’s father was a career military officer, an Army dentist, and Lowry traveled the world with her family due to his station. Following World War II, Lowry’s family settled down in Tokyo, Japan at a military housing complex. She attended a military school there before returning to the United States and marrying Donald Grey in 1956. Together, they had four children and Lowry completed her degree in English literature while raising her family. Suffering from hard times during her initial writing career, such as the death of her husband, Lowry wrote about serious issues in her chosen career, children’s literature, to help sustain herself.

The cover to the Giver featuring an old man looking over some trees against a black background

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The topic of addressing serious issues in children’s literature has characterized Lowry’s writing. Throughout her books, she has written about such topics as murder, terminal illness, questioning authority, and the Holocaust. Her famous novel, The Giver deals with a young boy living a community of conformity and lack of individuality learning to question his world and rebel against the systems that keep his world in check. Lowry’s work has received praise and criticism for the themes she chooses to tackle but her work has been massively influential. Lowry has won two Newberry Medals, for The Giver and Number the Stars. She was also a finalist for the Hans Christian Anderson award, the highest honor given to an author of children’s writing.

Other famous novels by Lois Lowry include Gooney Bird Green, Gossamerand Looking BackHowever controversial you might find her work, her influence on children’s media and refusing to hold back on mature themes just because of an audience’s age is something to be admired. Happy birthday, Lois Lowry! We hope its a wonderful one.

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