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Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic--the star of her school's running team. And then the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the "atom bomb disease," Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods w ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Puffin (first published September 22nd 1997)
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They had us make our own cranes when we read this during middle school. I was new to origami, but it only took a couple of minutes to make the crane. I suddenly wondered how long it would take to make a thousand. At two minutes a crane, sitting in bed and doing it for, say, eight out of my sixteen waking hours, I'd be done in less than a week.

This seemed funny to me, until I read that the real Sadako did finish her thousand cranes in less then a month, and kept on folding more. But since the boo
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 07, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: Kwesi 章英狮
Shelves: newberry, childrens
Sadako Sasaki was 12 years old when she died of leukemia. This was due to the radiation from the atomic bomb that was dropped by an American pilot in her hometown in Hiroshima, Japan during World War II. She was 2 years old then and had no memory of the war whatsoever. This 1977 book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleonor Coerr, a Canadian-American, was published twenty-two years after Sadako’s death. To explain the title, there is this belief in Japan that if you are sick, fold 1,000 ...more
This book is the best I have ever read.It is about a girl named Sadako who had got a disease called Leukemia. People caught Leukemia after the atom bomb had blasted in Japan and people had died from it. And many year later out of no where Sadako caught it and she had to be hospitalized for many months. Sadako was very upset because she had gotten a chance to run a race for school and now she can't even participate because of her weakness.Her friend told her that if she makes one thousand paper c ...more
Before reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, I had two misconceptions about the story. First, my image of Sadako in the story was the same with the scary and long-haired Sadako of The Ring and The Grudge. Second, I thought the cranes were those large equipments used for lifting heavy objects like those used in construction sites.

After reading reviews about the book, however, I realized that the Sadako in Eleanor Coerr’s book is a true story of a girl in Japan who died at the age of 12. A
This is an amazing book, one that will stay with me as an all time favourite at school. When you can remember reading it as a youngster and when that can evoke further memories, that means it's made a true impact.
Aina Dayana Hilmi

Buku fiksyen pertama dibaca tahun ini :)

Buku ini mengisahkan kisah benar yang berlaku kepada seorang kanak-kanak yang menghidap leukimia pasca pengeboman di Hiroshima pada awal tahun 1940-an.

Seorang kanak-kanak perempuan bernama Sadako, lahir dan membesar sebagai anak yang cerdas, ceria dan mempunyai kelebihan dalam olahraga. Diceritakan kehidupannya dalam keluarga Jepun yang bahagia dan berpegang kuat kepada budaya masyarakat. Setiap hari mereka berdoa agar dijauhkan da
Jul 12, 2010 Amanda added it
Snapshot: A short, simply written narrative about a young girl affected by the nuclear bombs dropped in Japan during WWII. As she is diagnosed with Leukemia, Sadako believes that by creating 1000 paper cranes she will stave off inevitable death. The story is about her hope, perseverance, love, and untimely death.

Hook: The book is short and very accessible to ELLs. As one studies the themes of war and its aftermath, Sadako offers an interesting perspective--she is suffering the consequences of a
I distinctly remember sitting in the library in elementary school and the librarian showing us this book along with some other books the school library had just gotten. After she finished talking we all clamored up to the check out desk to put our names on the list for this book-I couldn't wait to read it. I read this and cried and read it again and cried-and I'm sure probably again after that.

Sadako is a young girl (10 or 12 I think) who has lived through the bombing of Hiroshima. She remembers
Childhood. Hawaii. Asian influences all around me. Probably read this in fourth grade or something in Mrs. Murakami's class. Good book though.
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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 ...more
Seahee Park
It was such a lamentable story because it is based on a true event. When I was in middle school, the same age as Sadako, being a Korean and when learning about the nuclear bomb dropping at Hiroshima, Japan, I did not feel pity for the incident because while Japan occupied Korea for such a long time they'd done too many inhuman things to Koreans. However, as I read through the book, there was a subtle change in my heart.

In the book, Sadako was just a baby when the bomb was dropped at Hiroshima a
Samantha Santos
This was a very sad and dramtic story of how a little girl became very ill and was stuck in the hospital for months. Her only hope was her paper cranes. She new of the old saying of folding 1,000 paper cranes that god would grant her wish. So everyday she would fold paper cranes. She then meets a friend at the hospital. A young boy that is also very sick and is acutally in the process of slowly dieing. The doctors would always lie to him and tell him he's doing better but he knew how to read his ...more
L12_luisespinoza Espinoza
This book is a moving and inspiring story that follows a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki who suffered from the effects of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima in August of 1945.

The book recounts Sadako as a healthy young girl who enjoys running, and going to the Peace Day festival every year with her best friend, Chizuko. One day after she runs in a relay race for her school, 12 year old Sadako starts to feel dizzy and she doesn't tell anyone about it, so it becomes her secret. As time go
A wonderful and moving story of a young girl, Sadako, sickened with leukemia due to radiation effects of the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, Japan in World War II. Also relating the Japanese legend of folding 1,000 paper cranes to the gods for good health, which Sadako pursued. She died before completing the thousand but her friends from the bamboo class completed the thousand in her honor and produced a compilation of her letters and journal to make a book they called Kohe
Irene McHugh
At age two, Sadako Sasaki was a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. When she contracted leukemia from the radiation, she began folding origami cranes. A Japanese legend contends that if a person folds 1,000 paper cranes then their gods will grant that person one wish.

Upon reading this book, sometimes adults get wrapped up in historical debates. I've heard some people decry the American bombings, while others criticize Japan's expansionist agenda. I think this book is very open about its pacifi
Quick, easy read written at a juvenile level. I liked the story and feel it is a great gateway in to many discussions about war, whether using atomic bombs was a moral thing to do, the long term consequences of our decisions. I just read a review stating that the real Sadako finished her 1,000 paper cranes while in this book has her dying (that is not really a spoiler because the prologue lets us know that the little girl dies) before she finishes her cranes. If that is true this book is getting ...more
Ken Moten
This is the book that introduced me, and no doubt countless kids, to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This book deals in particular with the years of nuclear fallout that resulted. I remember "making" paper cranes after reading this. Recommended to anyone who has not read it.
BookWurm Tin*
A quick read, bot dis one at national bookstore summer sale shelves.
OMGASH! I cried reading this book! super tearjerker! nakka touch tlaga!
Akala ko si SADAKO sa horror movies lang but she was a real girl pala.
This is based on a true story and it has touched a lot of people young and old.
She was just 12 when She died of Leukemia because of the effects of radiation by the Hiroshima Bomb.
At the hospital, during her last days, she was making paper cranes, a sign of good health and long life for
I liked this book a lot. I think the author did a really good job of dealing sensitively with the death of a child, in a way that was accessible to children. I liked that it is based on a true story, because it gives an opportunity for further conversations about the realities of war, of terminal illness, and of living with hope in the face of impossible odds. Finally, I liked that this girl was spirited and determined, that she worked hard, and that she persevered in the face of difficulty. The ...more
Oct 28, 2013 Negar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: liked, translated
کم پیش میاد که من کتابی رو چند بار بخونم. ولی ساداکو درباره ی همه چیز استثناست. اولین بار که خوندمش خیلی کوچیک تر از این حرفا بودم که همه چیز این کتاب رو بفهمم، دوم دبستان بودم به نظرم، ولی ناراحت شدم و گریه کردم. دفعه ی بعد، اول راهنمایی بودم، کاملاً درکش کردم.دوباره گریه کردم، شاید بیشتر از قبل.
دفعه های بعد، تا همین حالا، هر بار که می خونمش با تمام وجود ناراحت می شم؛ با تمام وجود درک می کنم، ولی هیچ وقت دوباره گریه نکردم.
+ ممنون از پارمیدای عزیزم که باعث شد برای نمی دونم چندمین بار بخونمش، و
Nectaria ∞
I remember reading this book in primary school and it was so beautiful. I can remember the tears and the red puffy eyes and red nose, people asking if you're okay and you didn't know how to feel.

This book is definitely one of my all time favourites and I think everyone should read it. This book is one that is inspirational.

We also went and saw the play and it was beautiful also and the tears returned again, so if you haven't read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, go read it and see for you
sadako is athletic star of her school s running team and her sick start .I dont suddenly it happened and after just she can sleep she can do it anything just she can sleep and she sleep like 7 years afer that what will happen (read and see :)It was so good book,its about that one girl who is sick and let's come to what i think . I think this book s like drama and so unfunny and i cried when i saw the based on the true story .How can girl die in when he age is 12 when she should play wiith they f ...more
Beverly Johnson
I like this book because it was based ona true story and its history between japan and America. I also like this book because even though its a sad book it was also up lifting because there was a myth that if a sick person makes a thousands paper cranes the gods will heal their sickness and everyone wanted to tell this girl that was diagnosed with lukeymia. At the end she didnt live to make those thousand paper cranes people from her home town finished what she had a started and made he tribute ...more
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Every crane a girl folds, every day she wishes to be survived from her illness. This girl in the book is named, Sadako. She is a Japanese, who has leukemia due to the time period that United States used atomic bombed toward Hiroshima in Japan.She stays at hospital for nursing to get well at same time she is folding a paper cranes each day until she has thousands of them. Each crane carries a simple wish, to live.

What happen if she did not finish before she die?

I like this book because is very t
Sadako the touching and loving story of a young girl facing the "bomb disease" -- leukemia. The author deals with the subjects of disease, loss, and death with the sensitivity needed for a younger audience.

I purchased my copy from book distributor Hampton-Brown. The publishers have added nice questions at the end of each chapter to discuss and share. An excellent addition for those who would like to read the book with their child or in a classroom setting.

The publisher begins the story with the
Alex Baugh
It was Peace Day, August 6, 1954 and 12 year old Sadako Sasaki couldn't wait for the day to begin. Sadako loved Peace Day - the crowds, the fireworks and, especially the cotton candy. Sadako knew it was going to be a good day because she saw nothing less than a good luck sign in the bright blue sky over Hiroshima that day.

Still, her parents had to remind Sadako that Peace Day was a solemn occasion, a day for remembering that the first atomic bomb ever used - the Thunderbolt - was dropped on Hir
Megan Baker
This book is a biography that is in audio book format and it is intended for intermediate readers. This book is about a young girl who is born in Hiroshima shortly after the atomic bomb is dropped. She becomes ill because of the bomb and must be admitted into the hospital. To pass time at the hospital she begins to make origami cranes and ends up making hundreds.
Even though this was not an actual book and it was on audio I enjoyed it much more. I enjoyed just sitting and listening to the stor
Sarah Landwehr
“Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr is a classic chapter book that details the beautiful and true story of Sadako, a young girl living in the Hiroshima, Japan, who dreams of being on the junior high school relay team. Sadako trains long and hard to be able to run as fast as possible, but she keeps her spells of dizziness after running a secret. When she collapses after running one day, she goes to the hospital and learns that she’s contracted leukemia from the radioactive wav ...more
Catherine Kirk

“Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” is a chapter book about an 11-year-old girl living in Japan. Like many people who were in Hiroshima when America dropped the atom bomb, she eventually develops Leukemia from the radiation she encountered over her lifetime. In order to be granted her wish to get better, Sadako tries to fold 1,000 paper cranes, but she only folds 644 before she passes away from the disease. The epilogue explains that after her death, Sadako’s classmates finished foldi
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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
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