Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes[Epub] ➝ Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes ➞ Eleanor Coerr – Hiroshimaborn Sadako is lively and athleticthe 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 spi Hiroshimaborn Sadako the Thousand PDF/EPUB ¼ is lively and athleticthe 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 will grant her wish and make Sadako and MOBI :Ä her healthy again Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the extraordinary courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan.

Eleanor Coerr the Thousand PDF/EPUB ¼ was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon Two of her favorite childhood hobbies were reading and making up storiesHer 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.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes MOBI ´ Sadako
  • Paperback
  • 80 pages
  • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  • Eleanor Coerr
  • English
  • 06 April 2019

10 thoughts on “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

  1. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    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 Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan. She was at home when the explosion occurred, about one mile from ground zero.

    In November 1954, when she was 12 she developed swellings on her neck and behind her ears. In January 1955, purple spots had formed on her legs. Subsequently, she was diagnosed with leukemia (her mother referred to it as an atom bomb disease).

    She was hospitalized on February 21, 1955, and given a year to live. After being diagnosed with leukemia from the radiation, Sadako's friend told her to fold origami paper cranes (orizuru) in hope of making a thousand of them. She was inspired to do so by the Japanese legend that one who created a thousand origami cranes would be granted a wish.

    Her wish was simply to live. In this retelling of her story, she managed to fold only 644 cranes before she became too weak to fold any more, and died on the morning of October 25, 1955. Her friends and family helped finish her dream by folding the rest of the cranes, which were buried with Sadako. However, the claim in the book that Sadako died before completing the 1000 cranes, and her two friends completed the task, placing the finished cranes in her casket is not backed up by her surviving family members.

    According to her family, and especially her older brother Masahiro Sasaki who speaks on his sister's life at events, Sadako not only exceeded 644 cranes, she exceeded her goal of 1000 and died having folded approximately 1400 paper cranes. Masahiro Sadako, says in his book The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki that she exceeded her goal. Mr. Sasaki and the family have donated some of Sadako's cranes at places of importance around the world: in NYC at the 9-11 memorial, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at The Truman Library & Museum on November 19, 2015, at Museum Of Tolerance on May 26, 2016, and the Japanese-American National Museum three days later. USS Arizona Crane Donation and President Truman Museum Donation helped by Mr. Clifton Truman Daniel who is the grandson of President Truman.

    After her death, Sadako's friends and schoolmates published a collection of letters in order to raise funds to build a memorial to her and all of the children who had died from the effects of the atomic bomb. In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also called the Genbaku Dome, and installed in the Hiroshima Peace Park.

    At the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads: This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth. Every year on Obon Day, which is a holiday in Japan to remember the departed spirits of one's ancestors, thousands of people leave paper cranes near the statue. A paper crane database has been established online for contributors to leave a message of peace and to keep a record of those who have donated cranes.

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و پنجم ماه 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 58ص؛ چاپ دیگر 1362؛ چاپ هشتم 1374؛ چاپ نهم 1377؛ چاپ دهم 1381؛ شابک 9644321626؛ موضوع داستانهای واقعی ژاپنی - سده 20م

    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 گرفت، و در دوران حیاتش در یک آسایشگاه، بنا بر یک باور، برای بهبود خود، اریگامی درناهای کاغذی را به تعداد هزار عدد درست می‌کرد؛ این کتاب به زبانهای بسیار ترجمه شده، و جزو برنامه‌ های صلح، برای دانش آموزان است؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. J.G. Keely says:

    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 book posits that her wish was to stay alive, perhaps the author thought that to have her reach her goal and still die would be too sad. Or perhaps the author recognized that, without the dream of that wish, there would be no real story to tell.

    I find this disappointing, as the author could have said something more meaningful if Sadako had finished them, but still died: that no one can stand against their own death, but even as we face our own, we may fight for something greater, we may try to fight against a world of senseless death.

    Are we afraid to tell our children it is a fight we can never win? Does that make it less worth fighting? Wouldn't it be better for them to learn that now, from someone they trust, rather than to discover it later, when they are already in the middle of the confusions of life? What could be more disheartening than suddenly having that dream snatched away?

    It is a difficult question: how to breach, for our children, the concepts of death, of war, of hope, and of the inescapable. When we scale it down, to one person, to one pain, that is when we feel it the most. But when we do this, we miss out on all that surrounds it. By concentrating on one person, you can turn a mutual war into a directed crime, and there lies the danger.

    It is not uplifting to see a little girl die slowly, of something she cannot understand, to have her promise of a life revoked, but this is not all there is to the matter. As human beings, it is easy for us to look at the suffering of a few, especially a spectacular suffering: nuclear weapons, the Holocaust, 9/11, and feel enraged.

    And it should upset us. War is unequal, unfair, and makes a mockery of beauty, art, and humanity. But it is always too easy for us to forget the other side.

    So many people react to this book with sorrow for the little girl, with a sense that the nuclear weapons were a tragedy, unnecessary, and inhumane. But that is simply ignoring the larger story.

    Where are the books about all the children the Japanese soldiers killed? Even without nuclear weapons, the Japanese practiced total war, which meant hundreds of thousands of civilians dying every month. They slaughtered children, they took slaves and worked them to death in mines.

    They used biological weapons on Chinese citizens and killed others in nightmarish testing facilities where Japanese scientists observed the effects of poisons, chemicals, and disease on their hapless test subjects.

    They started the war because they were nationalists and wanted to expand, to destroy their neighbors, and to conquer the world. They refused to accept that losing was an option, and were willing to die to win.

    If the Allies attacked Japan itself, the Japanese planned to recruit every man, woman, and child during the final invasion, to blow up American tanks with bombs strapped to fifteen year-old boys. Even after the first atomic bomb was dropped, the Japanese command—including the Emporor—rallied to continue the war, even passing off the bombing itself as an industrial accident.

    It is important to recognize the suffering of others, but it seems we too often concentrate on the suffering of one person over another. It is easier for us to concentrate this way, to see something spectacular and terrifying like the 2,752 deaths of 9/11, and ignore the 1,311,969 Iraqis dead since. Or look at the death of Jews in the Holocaust and ignore the Poles, Romany, Atheists, and Homosexuals who died alongside them

    I sometimes fear that by hiding from children how commonplace death really is, we do not allow them to think about death except for isolated, melodramatic stories. If we cannot learn confront death except when it spectacular, then we will never really try to stop it, because we will only focus on the rare cases, and fail to notice that death is no less final from untreated disease as from a gun.

    Perhaps I am silly to expect more of children's books than I do of adult books, but then, I've found I can expect more from children than from adults. I am of the opinion that the best way to prevent children and adolescents from having early pregnancies is by giving them all the difficult, unpleasant details. I think the same goes for war. This doesn't mean showing them footage of either act, but an open, honest sit-down beats dramatized, nationalistic propaganda any day of the week.

  3. Lisa says:

    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 students the statistical details of the war. We need to show them what it really means to a society to be hit by a (comparatively small) atom bomb.

    I recommend this short novel to initiate a reflective discussion on the effect of careless politics on the lives of innocent children - not just immediately during the war itself, but long after peace has been re-established. The target age is younger Middle School, but it is well worth reading with other age groups as well.

    The story line is simple and straight forward, and based on a true event. A young girl, born in 1943 in Hiroshima, athletic, happy, full of plans for the future, suddenly falls ill with leukemia at age 11 and dies of the disease as a long-term effect of the atom bomb dropped on her city when she was 2 years old. She has a strong will to live, and starts folding paper cranes, as an old Japanese myth says she will be granted life if she is able to make 1,000 of them. Obviously, the myth has no power against the reality of the nuclear age, and she stands as a symbol for the many victims of the most brutal of human inventions.

    I strongly recommend this as required reading for the next generation, which will hopefully be more capable of empathy and imagination than the ruling patriarchy we see in power in states with nuclear weapons today.

    There is no excuse whatsoever for using nuclear weapons against any people. We need to get back to teaching the consequences of reckless, impulsive behaviour along with universal human rights and protection of the weak. The world is not a stage where vulgar power hungry egomaniacs should be given the right to act out their narcissism unchecked. The world is not their property, given to them to play with. Complacency in this case is complicity.

    We have to think of our children!

  4. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    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 leukemia, a long-term after-effect of radiation poisoning, Sadako pins her hope on the legend that if a sick person folds one thousand origami cranes, the gods will grant her wish to be healthy again. Sadako sets to work, diligently folding hundreds of paper cranes, but she’s getting weaker and weaker.

    It's a tearjerker of a story, bolstered by an anti-war message. Seriously, I needed several tissues for the last half of the book. Unfortunately the story is fictionalized in some key respects(view spoiler)[- most significantly, the story says that Sadako dies before she completed her goal, and that her schoolmates finished up for her; Sadako’s brother has stated that she actually folded about 1400 cranes before she died (hide spoiler)]

  5. Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー says:

    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.


  6. K.D. Absolutely says:

    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 paper cranes and you will get well. According to this book, Sadako Sasaki was only able to fold 644 before her death.

    She and her thousand paper cranes are now among the symbols of world peace in Japan. During the annual Obon festival, students from all over the world visit her statue in Hiroshima and leave paper cranes at its foot. A plaque on the statue reads: This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth. This book has been translated to many languages and is now being used in primary schools around the world to teach children the importance of world peace. (Source: Wiki). This is how her statue looks like:

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  7. Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance says:

    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.

    Everyone knows the sickness…..the disease that many fall ill with and die. It’s whispered, it’s feared, it’s all around. Leukemia. Sadako isn’t feeling well at one of her training sessions, and they seek medical attention. The families worst fear comes true. Sadako has cancer.

    In the hospital, Sadako tries to keep hope and is eager to leave. Counting the days, to get out of there. She begins to fold paper cranes via origami. She has the wish to be healed after she makes 1000 cranes.

    Counting into the hundreds, she gives them away, hangs them, sets them on ledges….but her health keeps declining.

    At last, with just a few cranes left to go, her mother makes her a most special gift, a kimono. She has always wanted one, but they could not afford it. Her families sacrifices to purchase the fabric for this gift of love is almost too much to bear for Sadako.

    With a few cranes short of 1000, Sadako passes away. Her community comes together and children all around begin making paper cranes.


    The spirit of community and the love of a family stand out in this novel. Sadako is only one of the victims of Hiroshima and the aftermath. This story is based on the true story of Sadako’s life and there is a memorial set up today. See below.

    This novel isn’t long and can easily be read in a sitting even as a sufficient young reader. It is a gentle servant into the subject matter/topic considering any angst a child might have about it.

    Hiroshima and it’s people the effects as well as Leukemia in itself is tough to read about and understand when young. This version of the story does not discount or mask the truth, but it is written in a way, that it stays neutral enough to approach/ introduce the subject or expose young readers to illnesses that sometimes cannot be healed. The focus here is hope and love. A gentle way to take the next step to further research, remember and perhaps inspire.

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  8. Calista says:

    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 good little story for young readers and it explores a period in history we don't hear too much about. The epilogue is nice and there is a statue to this girl in Japan that people leave thousands of cranes for.

  9. J. Treader says:

    An old reread from middle school.

  10. Krystal says:

    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.

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