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Pearl Harbor Child [Kindle Edition]

Dorinda Nicholson , Larry Nicholson
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In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, award-winning author Dorinda Nicholson is releasing her book "Pearl Harbor Child" in ebook!

Years ago, I was told by a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association that I was too young to remember the attack, and I couldn't have been a civilian survivor of Pearl because, "there were no civilians, much less children, living inside the Harbor." He was wrong. I was there with my family, not on a burning ship, but close enough to see the burning ships anchored near our home.

Today, I still vividly remember watching the attack, I vividly remember the events, and I still remember his doubting comments. At first, I felt discounted and hurt by his skepticism. But now I am grateful. Grateful that it prompted me to ask lots of questions, do some research, and then write Pearl Harbor Child.

His doubting comment encouraged me to search for books, memoirs, and articles that might support the fact that civilians did indeed live in Pearl. When I couldn't find any, I began to doubt myself. The evidence that there was a neighborhood of civilians on the Pearl City Peninsula unexpectedly surfaced on a map taken from the dead body of a Japanese mini-submarine pilot. His map targeted the position of each ship in the harbor, and also detailed something else: the streets of our small civilian community on the peninsula, including Jean Street, where we lived and where I grew up.

December 7, 1941 is "a date that will live in infamy," according to President Roosevelt's famous speech. And for me, and thousands of others, it's true. Each year on that date, my thoughts always turn back to that incredible Sunday when bombs fell on Pearl Harbor.

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Dorinda was 6 years old, living with her parents on the Pearl City Peninsula, a finger of land that extends into the harbor. On December 7, 1941, virtually the entire American naval fleet was peacefully anchored within a few hundred yards of her home. When the Japanese planes attacked those ships, some flew directly over her home, so low she could see the pilot's goggles, on the way to their unsuspecting targets in the harbor. This is the first civilian personal account of the attack through the eyes of a child. The book is a child's story, but not just for children. It is a voice from WWII that has not been heard before. The voice is that of an American child who tells what she saw, how it felt, what happened on that day and through the balance of what became Word War II in the Pacific. Illustrated by more than 70 photographs, plus a two-page map pinpointing major events, Pearl Harbor Child will fascinate young readers and be of great interest to any adult concerned with "The Day of Infamy" and the four long years that followed. -- Midwest Book Review

From the Publisher

Dorinda has been published in numerous newspapers, writing general stories about Hawaii as well as her experiences during and after the Pearl Harbor attack. Recently, she was featured in a PEOPLE magazine article about Pearl Harbor survivors, and has been interviewed numerous times on radio and television, describing her WWII experiences.

She originated the concept for a woman's organizational calendar, which was published by Hallmark for many years. She also has written scripts for award-winning educational films about Hawaii. PEARL HARBOR CHILD is her first book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3302 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Publisher: (September 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005RGHVV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,426 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! July 12, 1999
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Excellent book to help make children realize what the war was like - rationing, families torn apart, disruption of everything. Lots of photographs. Make sure to get the revised edition - the original did not have enough photos. Written at 5th grade level
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 9, 2000
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This book is just incredible! It brings WWII and the Pearl Harbor story alive and through the eyes of a child. It has lots of great pictures, not only of the attack, but also personal pictures of her during that time in Hawaii. An absolute must-read for any WWII buff or anyone who wants to hear the personal and moving story of a little girl who witnessed this historic event.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all ages! September 21, 2004
This book is excellent. As a young girl living on the Pearl City Peninsula, also known as Pearl Harbor, the author witnessed the bombing on 7 December 1941. She could see the burning ships that were anchored near her family's home. She recalls all too well that horrible morning and the days, weeks and months that followed. She wanted to share her story with the world. She has managed to do just that and very well I might add.

The author wrote about hearing the planes coming in flying low-then her family heard the explosions. They went outside and watched the attack. The family got into their car and tried to get to a safer area. They stopped long enough to see the battleships burning-then they hid in the sugarcane fields. The military police found them hiding and told them they could not go home. Instead they were sent to the recreation hall of a sugar mill where many other families joined Dorinda's family. It was almost a week later before the families in the sugar mill were allowed back to their homes. Dorinda's parents found shrapnel and bullets embedded in their walls. "Pearl Harbor Child" made me stop and really think about other people on the islands and what they must have gone through.

She wrote about expecting another invasion by the Japanese. She was the beaches lined with barbed wire. Everyone had to be fingerprinted and carry identification. Food became scarce. Soldiers were everywhere with bayonets on their rifles. Everyone was issued gas masks. Money had to be exchanged. Blackouts and curfews were strictly enforced. Mail was censored. The Japanese-Americans and other foreigners were placed in internment camps.

So much more can be found in this incredible book written in a simple manner to help others understand a little of what the Hawaiian people went through during the war. I credit the author with doing an excellent job. I was very impressed with "Pearl Harbor Child." This is truly a book for people of all ages to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A history written for children of all ages October 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
PEARL HARBOR CHILD is a detailed look back at the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941, from the perspective a child who survived it. The photographs provide an intimate look at what life was like for Dorinda Nicholson and the text can easily be understood by children and adults alike.

I loved this book. I learned more about life in Pearl Harbor before the bombing and after than from any other source. I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I, too, was a Pearl Harbor child survivor December 4, 2007
I was twelve years old the day of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. My father was a career Navy officer and we lived on the base, one mile from the U.S.S Arizona.
This author has brought back so many memories for me. I would love to be able to meet her. I'm writing my own account of that day and also my life and travels growing up during the WWII. I hope to have it published by the end of 2008.
Beverly Moglich - Garden Valley, CA
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