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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes [Hardcover]

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.

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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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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 & Ronald Himler

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eleanor B. Coerr traveled to Japan as a newspaper reporter in 1949, where she lived on a farm for a year, learning the language. Inspired by her farm family and a visit to a local circus, Eleanor wrote and illustrated Circus Day in Japan. It was first published by Tuttle in 1953 and remained in print until 1968. Eleanor is best-known for Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
Yumi Matsunari is a professional translator and interpreter living in Fukui, Japan. She studied in Kyoto, Cambridge and London. Among her works are A Treasury of Japanese Folktales and Japanese Made Easy.

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

Eleanor Coerr has published or released items in the following series...
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  2. I Can Read Books: Level 3
  3. Puffin Modern Classics

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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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