by Eleanor Coerr

Hardcover, 1993





Putnam Juvenile (1993), Edition: First Edition, 48 pages


Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

User reviews

LibraryThing member AuntKrissy
Coerr is also the author of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. This story is available on video. Author has written many other books for children as well. Ed Young's illustrations are as haunting as the tale itself.
LibraryThing member ltipton
This book is about a young girl named Sadako who lived in Hiroshima in the 1950's. Theyoung girl develops leukemia which is referred in those times as the "Atom Bomb" disease and eventually dies. This story tells of some of the important holidays, traditions, and legends of the crane that the Japanese culture embrace.

I thought it was a moving story. The courage that this young girl displays while facing this disease was touching even while being faced with loosing a friend to this awful disease.

One extension idea would be for the class to make oragami paper cranes. Another classroom extension would be to use this book while doing a thematic unit of Japan to include studing the flag of Japan, locating Japan on a map, and learning about the Kimono.
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LibraryThing member GSoto95
This books is based on a true story of a girl named Sadako who died due to leukemia caused by radiation from the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. It tells her story about a thousand paper cranes she tried to make in order to have her wish granted of being better. She died before she could make a thousand, but her friends and family complete the thousand for her. A statue is created of Sadako where paper cranes are made and placed for children who died as a result of the bombings.
Personal Reaction
This was a very emotional story for me, because my grandmother also died of leukemia. I loved the idea of making a thousand paper cranes, to give a little girl hope. It was also a way to distract patients from their own disease and focus on something else.
Extension Ideas:
1) I could have students fill out an worksheet regarding information from World War II.
2) I could have students learn how to make paper cranes and create our own little statue.
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LibraryThing member cougargirl1967
A tender story about seeking peace and humanity after a troubled time.


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Physical description

48 p.; 9.3 inches


0399217711 / 9780399217715


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