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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes [Hardcover]

By Eleanor Coerr (Author)
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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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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: 25th Anniversary Edition DESCRIPTION: For twenty-five years, middle-grade readers have been moved by this telling of Sadako Sasaki's spirited battle with leukemia. She was two-years-old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, and dizzy spells began when she was twelve. She faced the disease with an irrepressible spirit and focused her energy (and that of everyone who knew her) on folding 1000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend held would prompt the gods to make her well again. Eleanor Coerr crafted this story of Sadako's twelfth year after reading the book of her letters her classmates compiled after her death.
This special edition contains a bio of Eleanor Coerr with details about her work on this book and instructions for folding paper cranes.
"An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable." ("Booklist," starred review)
"The story speaks directly to young readers of the tragedy of Sadako's death and, in its simplicity, makes a universal statement for 'peace in the world.'" ("The Horn Book")

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 6.44" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  4-8
ISBN  0399237992  
ISBN13  9780399237997  

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More About Eleanor Coerr

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eleanor Coerr was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Two of her favorite childhood hobbies were reading and making up stories.

Her fascination with Japan began when she received a book called Little Pictures of Japan one Christmas. It showed children in beautiful kimonos playing games, chasing butterflies, and catching crickets. She pored over the colored illustrations, dreaming of one day joining those children in Japan. Her best friend in high school was a Japanese girl whose family introduced her to brush painting, eating with chopsticks, and origami. Eleanor's desire to visit that magical place never faded, and her well-thumbed copy of that favorite book is still in her library.

Eleanor began her professional life as a newspaper reporter and editor of a column for children. Luckily, she traveled to Japan in 1949 as a writer for the Ottawa Journal, since none of the other staff wanted to go to a country that had been devastated by war. To learn Japanese, Eleanor lived on a farm near Yonago for about one year, absorbing the culture and enjoying rural celebrations. Soon she was able to visit nearby schools and speak to young audiences about her country. Eleanor wrote and illustrated Circus Day in Japan, using the farm family and a visit to the circus as models. It was published in Tokyo in 1953.

Her most difficult trip while she was in Japan was to Hiroshima. Eleanor was shocked by the horrible destruction and death caused by one atom bomb. Of course, she did not know Sadako Sasaki at that time, although she was living there with her family. The misery and suffering Eleanor witnessed was burned into her mind, and she hoped future world leaders would avoid wars at all costs.

One beautiful day in 1963, Eleanor revisited Hiroshima and saw the statue of Sadako in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Impressed by the stories she heard about Sadako's talent for running, courage when faced with cancer, and determination to fold one thousand paper cranes, Eleanor was inspired to find a copy of Kokeshi, Sadako's autobiography.

Eleanor looked everywhere she could think of and asked all of her Japanese friends to help. Since the school had copied the ninety-four pages and stapled them together, most of the books had fallen apart. Years passed, and Eleanor continued writing for newspapers in various countries and wrote more children's books. But she was always hoping to find Kokeshi.

One fateful afternoon, Eleanor was having tea with a missionary who had lived in Hiroshima all through the war.

-Eleanor, - she said, -you should write a biography of Sadako Sasaki for American children to read.-

-I would love to, - said Eleanor, -but I must have Kokeshi to get all the true facts about Sadako.-

The missionary took Eleanor to her attic. Lo and behold, at the bottom of an old trunk was an original copy of Kokeshi. Eleanor rushed to have it translated properly and began writing Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes as soon as she could.

-It's like magic. I was meant to write her story, - Eleanor said.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes has been translated into many languages and has moved both children and adults to write plays, perform ballets, compose songs, and collect money for peace statues-all celebrating Sadako and her wish for peace. Eleanor has visited schools all around the world encouraging her audiences to work for a nonviolent world. Folded cranes are everywhere, and always underneath the statue of Sadako in Hiroshima's Peace Park.

Eleanor Coerr currently resides in San Diego, in the state of California. Eleanor Coerr was born in 1932.

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Sadako is amazing!  May 13, 2008
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
By Eleanor Coerr
Penguin Group
1977 first published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
1999 published by Penguin Group

3.3 Flesh Kincaid reading level
80 pages

Historical Fiction

Sadako is an eleven-year-old Japanese girl who lives with her older brother, younger sister, younger brother and parents in Hiroshima, Japan. The story takes place in 1955 after World War II. Like all young children, Sadako attends school, helps her family with chores, and has a best friend at school. Sadako loves to run and is chosen to participate in a race at school. While running one day she feels slightly dizzy. Sadako has heard stories about children being getting sick from the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. She is too scared to tell anybody about being dizzy, so she keeps it a big secret. One day while running Sadako collapses. She is taken to the hospital and the doctors tell her she has leukemia.
While in the hospital, Sadako hears a legend from a friend that gives her hope of getting better. The legend says that if a person folds one thousand paper cranes out of paper they may be healed. Each day Sadako becomes sicker and sicker. However, she decides to fold one thousand origami cranes. Her brother helps her by hanging the cranes from the ceiling. Even though Sadako folds hundreds of cranes, she is unable to finish the project. She passes away having made only 648 cranes. Her friends from school hear her story and they fold the remaining cranes so that she is buried with one thousand paper cranes.

This book gave me lots of hope. I really loved to hear about Sadako and how she folded so many cranes. I wanted to believe that she would finish the paper cranes and she would get better. When she died in the ending it was very sad. Someone with so much hope and motivation doesn't deserve to die. The book also made me think a lot about why Sadako was sick in the first place. She was only two-years-old when the Americans dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, but she was still eventually killed from it. This book shows the long-lasting effects war has on a country and its people. It really makes you think twice about war.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read that I had a hard time putting down. Every chance I got I read this book! While it was sad in the end, it was great to hear about Sadako's life and how her friends finished her paper cranes for her. The plot was interesting and exciting. I really like the main character too. Sadako was a very brave, strong person that I wish I was more like. She woke up every day with the will to live and that gave me a lot of hope. I would recommend this book to anyone! It is a must read!!
Sadako was a great conversation starter for my class  Mar 28, 2008
The 4th graders in my school read this book in their regular reading classes, and so they were ready to have some great discussions in art class about the book. We used this as a starter for an origami crane project, and we are going to donate the cranes to a woman who is struggling to fight cancer. This a a wonderful story and the kids were really interested in learning more about WWII after reading this book.
The best book Ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Nov 6, 2007
"Sadako and the thousand paper crane" is a good book to read. Its about a twelve year old girl name sadako who dreams in being the track team when she goes to middle school. Then one day, she collapsed when she was on her way to school. she was sent to the hospital the following day. When the testings were finished, sadako was diagnoised with leukemia. when sadako`s best friend came to visit her in the hospital she told her that if a sick person were to fold a thousand paper cranes they get a wish from the gods. Sadako began folding her paper cranes and with the help from her friends and family. Sadako died peacefully in her sleep. sadako`s classmates folded the rest of the cranes and buried them beside her grave. This book inspired me not to give up and keep on following my dreams. I recommend this book number one.
One of the best story for all ages  Oct 27, 2007
This is one of the best stories for all ages to learn about and understand the tragedies and impact of war. It is a wonderful story and I recommend this book for anyone and everyone to read. The central message of the story is one that will be remembered by those who read it for a lifetime.
A national hero  Oct 24, 2007
Sadako dies from leukemia and her courageous became an inspiration for millions of Japanese. Sadako believe, if she made a thousand cranes, she would be saved from cancer. This did not happen.

Sadako's memorial symbolizes all the children who died from cancer. Sadako watched a little boy die of cancer. The boy said he received the cancer from his mother and blamed the atom weapon. Sadako did not expect the boy to die. Mrs Sasaka made Sadako a silk kimono and the family celebrated her life. Sadako enjoyed running and wanted to lead her team to a championship. Sadako's fellow classmates completed the remaining 400 cranes after her death.

War is terrible. War is suffering. Sadako became a symbol of courage for many children that would eventually die from radiation poisoning. I hope that nuclear weapons are never used our century again. Sadako's memorial pleads for peace. An admirable goal that we learn peace, instead of war.


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