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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
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May 30, 12

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr is an excellent non fiction novel for children. At just 68 pages, it’s short enough for some of the newest readers and the vocabulary is simple enough that it won’t frighten a younger reader away but leaves room for them to infer.
Eleanor Coerr did an amazing job of taking a tragic event that is taught in schools all over America (the bombing of Hiroshima) and turned into a splendid children’s novel of hope and determination. There are many lessons to be learned between these covers and this book would make for a great classroom discussion. The use of symbolism is obvious enough that it allows for the concept to be easily taught. The characters, while they may be living in another country, are portrayed as American enough that children will still be able to relate, but not enough so as to take away their Japanese heritage.
This book can teach children about historical events, such as the Hiroshima bombing, as well as about death and learning to cope, even into learning about different cultures. I’d say overall, an extremely well written novel.
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