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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (1977)

by Eleanor Coerr

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Series: Puffin Modern Classics

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  Emilyrose1ew3 | Apr 6, 2016 |
Genre- Multicultural, non fiction
Age- A
Wow. I should start by saying that I was not familiar with the story of Sadako, and so I was really shocked by the ending. I have never read a picture book where the main character died at the end. I thought it was well handled, and I’ll admit to shedding a couple tears. I honestly don’t know why this book doesn’t have awards plastered across its cover. It was beautiful, the story, the illustrations, the wording, everything was a beautiful testament to a tragic true story. This might be a hard book to teach in a classroom, and on an unpopular subject. This does not mean that it shouldn’t be taught, quite the opposite in fact. This book is not anti-American but it deals with one of the worst things this country has ever done, and something that no one is proud of, regardless of their political feelings about the atom bomb. It is important to teach children that everything has consequences, and I think this book does that very well. An older student studying world history will learn about the war and the bomb, and I think this book shows how far reaching the consequences of that decision were. Overall I think that this is a difficult book to read, but that makes it even more necessary for students—and adults—to experience. ( )
  carleyroe | Mar 29, 2016 |
An atom bomb gives little Sadako cancer. She (and an ever-expanding group of well-wishers) starts folding paper cranes in the hope of wishing herself well.

It doesn't work.
She dies.

Every time a child reads this, they cry for days. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
This is a compelling story of a real girl who lived in Japan from 1943 to 1955. Sadako Sasaki was born in Hiroshima, and was just a baby at the end of WW 2. Her grandmother was killed when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on her city. As the book opens, it is nine years after that terrible day, and the citizens of Hiroshima are about to celebrate Peace Day. Sadako’s parents remind her and her siblings that the celebration is not just an occasion for a carnival, but a solemn opportunity to honor those who died. But in her youth, Sadako sees only good omens; she’s confident she will have success on her school’s track team, fun with friends, and a loving family.

Within a few months, however, she will be diagnosed with leukemia, an aftereffect of the radiation from the atom bomb. Her best friend gives her some paper and scissors and teaches her to make a paper crane. She reminds her that the legend states if a sick person can fold 1,000 paper cranes the gods will make her well. With a renewed sense of hope, Sadako begins to fold cranes.

This is a very straightforward story, appropriate for children 9-12 years old. It is sad, but inspiring. The realities of Sadako’s condition are depicted without being overly graphic or grim. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 8, 2016 |
Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old living in Hiroshima, Japan, when the atom bomb was dropped 1 mile from her home. Sadako's grandmother was killed in the blast but the rest of the Sasaki family remained unscarred and apparently healthy. As Sadako grew older she became a quick runner and easily helped her elementary school relay teams win many races. During some of the races Sadako would feel weak and vaguely faint until one day she fell during a race and was unable to get to her feet. She was brought to the Red Cross Hospital where she was diagnosed with leukemia, known in Japan as the 'atom-bomb disease'. While visiting her best friend Sadako one day, Chuziko brought an origami crane made of golden paper and told Sadako of the legend of the paper cranes. If one could fold 1,000 cranes then their wishes would be granted. Sadako immediately set about folding the cranes which her brother hung from the ceiling of Sadako's hospital room. Unfortunately Sadako would only fold 644 cranes before her death at age 12. Her schoolmates folded the remaining cranes and Sadako was buried with all 1,000.

Sadako's story is a true one and it is one that made her a heroine to the Japanese people. A statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was erected in Hiroshima's peace park in 1958. Each year on Peace Day (August 6) thousands of paper cranes are laid at the base of the statue under the engraving that reads: This is our cry, this is our prayer, peace in the world. Although the book is a very short YA biography it is very moving and thought-provoking.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Eleanor Coerrprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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.
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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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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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