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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  24,846 ratings  ·  1,852 reviews
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 January 1st 1977)
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Cathy Chan Pakyung of course its partly because it was a gift from her best friend Chizuko, but i think it's more about the fact that Chizuko, who was never a superstiti…moreof course its partly because it was a gift from her best friend Chizuko, but i think it's more about the fact that Chizuko, who was never a superstitious person, came up with the idea and folded the crane for Sadako just to cheer her up. as we know Sadako believed in good luck charms.
so it's about how best friends do things just for each other.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a children's historical novel written by Canadian-American author Eleanor Coerr and published in 1977. It is set in Japan after World War II. The short novel is a fictional retelling of the story of Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bombing by the United States. Sadako was 2 years old when the atomic bomb (Little Boy) was dropped on August 6, 1945, near her home by Misasa Bri
J.G. Keely
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
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
"And he prayed that his family would be protected from the atom bomb disease called leukemia."

History learning has many angles, and more often than not, we tend to focus on the big, "exciting" events of wartime action, while forgetting to highlight the consequences of those actions.

In times when leaders in the world seem to have forgotten the impact of the atom bombs in Japan, and seem to think that it is an actual "solution" to a pathetic macho contest, we need to step away from just giving stu
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This is a fictionalized account of a real-life girl in post-WWII Japan, who begins to suffer the aftereffects of radiation poisoning from the bomb that hit Hiroshima at the end of the war. Her quest to fold a thousand origami cranes begins with the gift of one gold paper crane.


Sadako Sasaki is an energetic 12 year old Japanese girl, who was just a toddler in 1945 when her town of Hiroshima was hit by the atomic bomb. Now it’s 1955, and Sadako is starting to have dizzy spells. Diagnosed with leuk
Jen - The Tolkien Gal
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Review to come. My phone is currently broken and I can't access Audible or Kindle at the moment so I went with my unread paper backs. I'll be back currently soon my friends <3

This is a beautiful and absolutely devastating book that everyone must read - it'll take you less than an hour.

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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

Sadako is a young girl about to go into Middle Grade, and she is very excited about it. The greatest part about it is, that she will be on the track team, her favorite sport. Together with her bother and parents, the family lives a traditional life. It’s a few years after Hiroshima, and many of their friends and family have died from illness related to radiation. Sadako was two years old when Hiroshima happened and every year, the family goes into the community to celebrate life and gratefulness
K.D. Absolutely
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, newberry
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 is set in Japan after the bombing of Hiroshima. We meet this athletic girl who loves to run who slowly can't run. She starts feeling pain and tiredness. It's discovered that she has leukemia and that was an after effect of the bomb and many people, including children 10 years after were experiencing.

Sadako hears the story of the child who makes a 1,000 paper cranes will have a wish come true. She decides to make 1000 cranes to heal herself.

This story doesn't have a happy ending. It's a go
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
We did a play of this when I was in primary school and I remember even back then feeling a lot of sadness over it. Also a lot of frustration that I never mastered the art of folding paper cranes.

A good insight for kids.
Melanie  Brinkman
We'll never know exactly how far our actions fly into the future.

There's probably nothing Sadako loves more then running around Hiroshima. Then the dizzy spells start. She doesn't understand why until she receives a life changing diagnosis. Soon, Sadako is running once again. But can she win the race against time?

A story of luck, legends, and letters. A tale of omens, and origami.

**********POTENTIAL SPOILERY TRIGGER WARININGS for illness of a child, talk of war, mention of loss of a loved one, l
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Grade 3 students enjoy this read-aloud as they are enlightened by historical events they may never hear about.
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I read this book a long time ago as a kid, it was lovely and bittersweet.
Karen  Hao
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At the end of World War II, the atom bomb in Hiroshima, Japan filled the air with radiation. Can you imagine living in Hiroshima when this happened? This book takes place only ten years after the atom bomb was dropped in Hiroshima. For lots of people at that time, fear and anxieties concerning leukemia as part of their life.

In the novella, Sadako and a Thousand Paper Cranes (based on a true story), the main character Sadako Sasaki is an optimistic eleven-year-old who survived the Hiroshima bomb
Nusrat Mahmood
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-favorite
I watched BAREFOOT GEN last week and what an wonderful anime movie it was! It compelled me to read something about the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Bombing and thanks god we are blessed with mighty internet which lead me to this heart breaking beautiful book. It's a true story about a girl named Sadako who was 2 years old when the atomic bombing happened in Japan.She and her family survived the bombing but 10 years after she was victimized of Leukemia and her BFF told her to make 1000 paper cranes which i ...more
Kavitha Sivakumar
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author S. Ramakrishnan talk about this book in his book "Aadhalinal". So I wanted to read this book.

The story talks about Sadako, a Japanese girl, who was full of life and wanted to run and participate in races. Because of the atomic bomb explosion during world war, the radiation infection affected many people over decades. Sadako was one of the victim and admitted into hospital for cancer. Her best friend gave her a golden paper crane and told her that if she madee thousand paper cranes, then
Mariah Mead
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say I 'enjoyed' this book. But I do think it deserves four stars. It was tragic. I rarely find it enjoyable to read sad things, but this little book had a beautiful bittersweet vibe to it. Sadako's hope, strength, and courage bring a glimmer of beauty and sweetness to the book, leaving you feeling not just sad, but inspired. ...more
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-a-copy
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
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Michael Campbell
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book made quite an impression on middle school me, even if I couldn't for the life of me remember the title of it. I just remembered a little girl with some terminal illness folding paper cranes to get well.

I came upon it by chance and was excited, because I immediately knew this was the story that had been at the back of my mind for some time now. After reading it as an adult, I'm severely disappointed. The writing is every bit as bland and emotionless as a Wikipedia article. The telling
Priya Arun
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr is a Children's non- fiction literature.

About the story:

Sadako a small girl lives Hiroshima, and a sports star in her school. While participating in a running competition she felt dizzy and worst race begins in her life.
What happens next? What’s the worst race she is facing in her life? Lies the suspense of the story.

About the book:

This book is based on a true event that happened in Hiroshima, after the bomb blast leading several people life’
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-fiction
4.5 stars

Being a bright & active girl, Sadako was beside herself when she was selected to be in the track team. But her happiness short lived as the symptoms of the feared diseases started to show up. Based on a true story about a girl in Hiroshima, the story got me teared up a bit towards the end. The strong spirit showed by Sadako is really admirable. Every child need to read this and learn the consequence of war.

hotsake (André Troesch)
A fictional based on a true story. As is usually the case the true story is much bleaker than the children's book would suggest but the idea behind the story is a good one. ...more
Sarah Landwehr
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“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
Irene McHugh
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Keepa Tuladhar
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sadako and One Thousand Paper Cranes is a true story about Sadako’s Lukemia Journey ten years after the Hiroshima bombing, caused by radiation exposure. It's a short journal entry of her stay in the hospital hoping for recovery as she makes one thousand paper cranes with the belief that once she makes one thousand cranes she will get one wish: to be cured. ...more
Mar 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Childhood. Hawaii. Asian influences all around me. Probably read this in fourth grade or something in Mrs. Murakami's class. Good book though. ...more
Julie G
Lovely, awful and inspiring.
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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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