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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin…

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics) (original 1977; edition 2004)

by Eleanor Coerr (Author), Ronald Himler (Illustrator)

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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.
Title:Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)
Authors:Eleanor Coerr (Author)
Other authors:Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin Books (2004), Edition: 1, 80 pages
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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor COERR (Author) (1977)


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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes focuses on a young Japanese girl in the aftermath of the dropping of the atomic bombs who gets sick with leukemia and starts making paper cranes in the hopes of getting better. This book is aimed at a young audience and would be great to use in a classroom! Although it is a rather sad book, the book does a great job of showing the massive impact and ripple effects the dropping of the atomic bomb caused for Japan. This book also does a good job really showing the Japanese culture as well to its readers.
  vmerkel | Nov 19, 2020 |
We read this in school and, of course, then tried to make 1001 paper cranes. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
First, about the physical book: this is short. For an adult, you can easily read it in an hour, maybe two if you are studying the illustrations, looking facts up, or trying to learn how to fold your own crane. The illustrations, however, are well worth studying; they are lovely and touching and fit the story very nicely.

Now, about the story: I had to keep in mind that its audience was much younger than I am. It didn't shy away from the dark -- but very real -- subject matter, but it did approach it from the eyes of a child. It talks about the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima, and its main character is based on a real girl who died of leukemia as a result of the atom bomb. It's going to be dark. However, it also manages to portray hope along with the darkness, and while most people will cry at the ending (I did) it's not a book that leaves you feeling miserable.

I read this book because I intend to give it to my niece, who has recently been interested in origami cranes. She saw a musical version of this story, Peace On Your Wings, so I thought she should read the original -- but that I should read it first, just to make sure it wasn't too dark. It isn't. This book may inspire tough questions to answer, but isn't that the point of good literature? ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | May 18, 2020 |
Brings the story of the cancer-ridden aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing to life for children who may never have heard of it. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes is an emotional story that shows the reader the devastating results that the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima had on the people living there. Even though this story focuses on the life of a little girl (Sadako), the reader can see how this weapon affected all of the people in this community. Coerr does a great job representing the Japanese culture by describing some of the most wonderful Japanese traditions. Sadako and The thousand Paper Cranes is a book that help children learn about a part of history that we should not forget. ( )
  Cflore9 | Feb 12, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
COERR, EleanorAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
DANIAU, MarcIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daniau, MarcIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraisse, FrédériqueTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
FRAISSE, FrédériqueTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Himler, RonaldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
HIMLER, RonaldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mlawer, TeresaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MLAWER, TeresaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MOORE, ChristinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChristinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
YAMAGUCHI, MarianneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Laura, who remembered Sadako
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That afternoon Chizuko was Sadako's first visitor.
Sadako was born to be a runner.
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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