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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  18,849 ratings  ·  1,409 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…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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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
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
«کاش می توانستم به مرگ نیندیشم»
اما این کار درست مثل باز داشتن باران از باریدن بود

این کتاب داستانِ زندگی کوتاه "ساداکو ساساکی" دختر ژاپنی است که آرزو داشت روزی دونده بزرگی شود: ساداکو از ابتدا یک دونده به دنیا آمده بود. مادرش می گفت او پیش از اینکه راه رفتن را یاد بگیرد، دویدن آموخت

دختری که در دو سالگی اش بمب هسته ای بر شهرش یعنی هیروشیما انداخته شده بود و با اینکه هیچ زخمی برنداشته بود
در 11 سالگی به بیماری سرطان خون مبتلا شد

با وجودی که بمب اتمی نُه سال قبل برروی شهر هیروشیما انداخته شده بود، هن
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
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/ジェニファー
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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K.D. Absolutely
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens

مردی که مرگ را بر فراز هیروشیما رها کرد
به کلیسا رفت و ناقوسها را به صدا درآورد
مردی که مرگ را بر فراز هیروشیما رها کرد
رفت و خود را حلق آویز کرد
مردی که مرگ را بر فراز هیروشیما رها کرد
دیوانه شد
اکنون اشباح را از پیرامون خود دور می کند
اما اینها واقعیت ندارد
من او را چندی پیش در باغچه خانه اش
که در حومه شهر است دیدم
نشسته بود و روزنامه می خواند

ماری لوئیزه کوشنیتس / برگردان تورج رهنما

درباره کتاب ساداکو و هزار درنای کاغذی

هزاردرنا، زندگینامه تراژیک ساداکو ساسکی، دختر ژاپنی دوازده ساله ای است که 10 س
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.
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.
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
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
ای درناهای بهشتی
با بالهای قشنگ خود
روی کودکم را بپوشانید
داستان زیبا و غم انگیزی بود
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
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
Nusrat Mahmood
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, 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
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.

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
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read with my daughter...through streams of tears.
Unbelievably touching (true) story.
I will never look at or think about paper cranes and not remember her young brave soul.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, on-my-bookshelf
Me emocionó mucho este libro, lo agarre de casualidad del desorden de mi hermana y no me arrepiento.
Léanlo, es breve pero da otra perspectiva de lo sucedido el Hiroshima.
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
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
Jul 12, 2010 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
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
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Shayne Bauer
Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a really sad story, so it is difficult to give it a higher rating. I read this because I recently had an ELL student join my class, and this was her summer reading book. It is a very simple children's story about the legend behind paper cranes. I found it very interesting since I did not know that the origami was linked to a legend. In the story, Sadako suffers from the effects of the bombing of Hiroshima less than a decade prior. Since I had recently read Hiroshima, it had even more imp ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very beautiful but sad story of a young girl who dies of leukemia after experiencing the atom bomb being dropped on Hiroshima during WWII. However, she becomes the inspiration for a monument that has been built at the Hiroshima Peace Park honoring her and all the children who were killed by the atom bomb. I have seen this monument and the paper cranes that have been made to commemorate those lives lost during that horrific time. It is a very emotional experience.
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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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