Friday, September 11, 2009. 4:00 PM Storytime: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Join us at 4 PM for a reading of the children’s book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr. Based on the true story of a young Japanese girl who contracts leukemia as a result of the atom bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, the story follows Sadako as a healthy schoolgirl winning relay races, through her diagnosis with the atom bomb sickness, to her long stay in the hospital. It is in the hospital that she first begins making origami cranes to pass the time. Her ultimate goal is to make 1000, but she dies with only 644 completed. Sadako's classmates finish making the remaining cranes, and all 1000 are buried with her. Originally published in 1977, the book has been translated into dozens of languages and is used for peace education programs in primary school. (booksense)
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