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In this reinvention of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, images by Caldecott medalist Ed Young and new text by Eleanor Coerr come together to inspire children of all ages.

In her novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr told the moving story of Sadako and her brave struggle against leukemia, the "atom-bomb disease," which she developed when she was tw
Paperback, 48 pages
Published September 22nd 1997 by Puffin Books (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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Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و پنجم دسامبر سال 1984 میلادی
عنوان: ساداکو و هزار درنای کاغذی؛ نویسنده: الینور کوئر؛ مترجم: مریم پیشگاه؛ تهران، کانون پرورش فکری کودکان و نوجوانان، تهران، 1359، در 58 ص؛ چاپ دیگر 1362؛ چاپ هشتم 1374؛ چاپ نهم 1377؛ چاپ دهم 1381؛ شابک: 9644321626؛ موضوع: داستانهای واقعی ژاپنی - قرن 20 م
داستانی واقعی از دختری به نام ساداکو ساساکی ست؛ که هنگام بمباران اتمی هیروشیما، در آن شهر میزیسته است. ساداکو به دلیل تشعشعات، سرطان خون گ
K.D. Absolutely
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-favorite, 2015
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
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
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
“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
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
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
Shayne Bauer
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Read this when I was pretty young but I remember liking it :-)
Mar 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Childhood. Hawaii. Asian influences all around me. Probably read this in fourth grade or something in Mrs. Murakami's class. Good book though.
Here's the thing about this book--I have a great nostalgic attachment to it from reading it when I was a kid. I loved it. I was touched and affected. I still think Sadako's story is important and I think it puts a "face" on a time in American history that we don't talk about enough with kids.

With that said, after a discussion in my Children's Literature class, I'm torn. There are inaccuracies in this book. Culturally, it is unrealistic to believe that Sadako wouldn't have known what the paper cr
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
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
Book Concierge
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
Samantha Santos
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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