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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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Heartbreaking historical fiction for ages 7-10. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Read in Primary School ( )
  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 |
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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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