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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (1977)

by Eleanor Coerr

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Touching children's story. ( )
  nx74defiant | May 7, 2017 |
Short, but with a depth far beyond the word count, this simple story give a human face to the suffering caused by the atomic bombs. Sadako has the entire world going for her – a born runner, swift and sure-footed, with a cheerful, eager outlook on life, Sadako dreamed of being on the running team of her junior high school.
But the year before she was to enter, she was diagnosed with the “atomic bomb disease” – leukemia. This hideous cancer ate away at her body, slowly killing her. Before she died, she attempted to fold 1,000 origami cranes, to fulfill a Japanese legend.
After she died, her classmates took up her cause, folding cranes and raising money, to build a memorial to Peace. Called Hiroshima Peace Park, the memorial is dedicated to the children of the world and their plea for peace. IN the center is a statue of Sadako, holding a golden crane.
Coerr tells the story with simple, precise, prose. She changed some of the actual story for fiction’s sake, but that essence remains the same – a life cut short by war.
Excellent reading for young children, a starting place to explain the war and what is can do to others. ( )
  empress8411 | Mar 2, 2017 |
This book is very well-written and pulls on reader's emotions. This story gives a different perspective on the atomic bombing, and lets readers see the bombing from the view of a young girl. I think a lot of people don’t think about the serious consequences a bombing like that could cause. This book lets readers have a glimpse into those consequences. There is a lot of focus on luck and the characters wishing for things. Sadako believes that making 1,000 paper cranes will bring her good luck and make her well again. This is something that could cause a discussion with the students.
  Jaymand | Oct 11, 2016 |
This is a heartrending book. I really enjoyed it. I have always loved books that make me feel strongly in any way, and this book certainly accomplished this. I think the writing style is accessible for young readers, however the lower lexile level of the book does make the tragedy of Sadako a feel a little more blunt than I would like. ( )
  kblackmar1 | Oct 3, 2016 |
I love this book and the way it gives an insight to children of how the world is impacted because of war. This is a way to incorporate discussions about the World Wars and the impacts they made on not only the United States but other countries as well. It has a wonderful story line and is easy to read yet engages critical thinking. ( )
  SarahA5752 | Sep 26, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Eleanor Coerrprimary authorall editionscalculated
Daniau, MarcIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraisse, FrédériqueTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Himler, RonaldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mlawer, TeresaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChristinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yamaguchi, MarianneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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That afternoon Chizuko was Sadako's first visitor.
Don't you remember that old story about the crane? Chizuko asked. It's supposed to live for a thousand years. If a sick person folds one thousand paper cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142401137, Paperback)

Born in Hiroshima in 1943, Sadako was the star of her school's running team, until the dizzy spells started and she was forced to face the hardest race of her life-the race against time.

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Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

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