“Back home, in his
small New York town,
friends got Christmas cards
that year from Silas.
He’d mailed them nine days
before he died.” (p 23, on the horizon)
On the Horizon by Lois Lowry is a quiet reflective look in both sides of World War 2. Seeing the pain and loss of Pearl Harbour, and later, seeing the pain and loss of Hiroshima. Poetry that shows the effects of devastation both sides of the war.
Sometimes we are hit hard by the unexpected. I did not expect how this lovely book would affect me. My heart begs you to read this book as well.
In On the Horizon, Lois Lowry did an excellent job of reminding me of the horrors and heroism of the war. Carefully written lines helping us to the the poignant beauty in people caring for each other in a time of utter stress.
A soldier carrying a boy safely to his dad, a wounded twin crying out in determination to save a brother, a four year riding a tricycle – buried with it, a band ready to play – called to duty – dying in the process. Hard words, softly written. Definitely worth a read.
Art Work for On the Horizon
Simple drawings dot the pages, just gray-scale pencil drawings. Kenard Pak is the illustrator. In the ARC sample that I received, not all the drawings were complete. The ones there were all relevant to the poem they were connected with, like the outline of a young person standing on a beach or a child riding a tricycle.
Details about What I am Reviewing
80 pages, 41 pages divided into three sections. These sections are On the Horizon, Another Horizon, and Beyond the Horizons. She closes with a personal note about her history. So fascinating to see how these events connected with her own personal history. Reading these personal notes just added to the deepness I felt.
A most excellent book well worthy of being read. I am so delighted that Raincoast books sent it to me! 🙂 Youth (and perhaps their parents) in grades 5-7 should find On the Horizon an easy read. American military history brought to life, showing the impact of war.