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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (1977)

by Eleanor Coerr

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I liked it, and I think it's important, but I wonder if I'm totally masochistic. Why did I read this? It's just depressing. DE-PRESS-ING.
Period. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr is a book from my childhood that I revisited at the insistence of my son. Sadako loves the festivities of Peace Day (August 6th, to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). But that changes when she falls ill.

Though Sadako was born after the bombing, she is diagnosed with radiation poisoning. When it becomes clear that she won't recover from it, she decides to make a thousand paper cranes for good luck. Most of this short chapter book is the winding down of a young life and the lasting effects of the bombing.

Sadako's story is a fictionalized account of a real girl's short life. The back of the book includes a short biography. Though it's short, this book always makes me tear up. ( )
  pussreboots | Jun 13, 2015 |
definitely enjoyed this book. will use as a class read and have literaure circles
  nalapow | Apr 22, 2015 |
This historical fiction book tells the story of a Japanese girl named Sadako, who loves to run. She is about 10 years old, but she gets very dizzy often, and when she is taken to the hospital for fainting, they find out she has Leukemia. She is told by her friend that if she makes 100 paper cranes, then she will have good health, and so she works on making those cranes. Her brother hangs them from her hospital room ceiling, but Sadako still gets worse. Her family and friends are very sad, and she begins to lose hope of living long. She is afraid of death, and wishes her family was not sad. Her mother makes her a silk kimono with cherry blossoms on it for her to wear one night, and she gets to enjoy that night in her hospital room with her family and best friend. Soon after that, she passes away when her family is all around her.
  jresner | Apr 15, 2015 |
Heartbreaking historical fiction for ages 7-10. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
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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.
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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