Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes Author:Eleanor Coerr, Ronald Himler (Illustrator) Chizuko came to visit her friend Sadako in the hospital. She had a piece of gold paper that she had cut into a large square. — "Watch!" she said, and she folded the paper over and over, and it tumed into a beautiful crane. — "If a sick person folds one thousand paper cranes," Chizuko said, "the gods will grant her wish and... more » make her well again."
Sadako Sasaki was only twelve years old when she died. She was two when an atom bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan, where she lived with her family. Ten years later, she had leukemia as a result of radiation from the bomb.
Sadako had folded six hundred and forty-four cranes. The flock hung above her bed on strings. Her classmates folded the rest.
Today Sadako is a heroine to the children of Japan, who visit her memorial in Hiroshima Peace Park to leave the paper cranes they make in her honor.« less
Adrian C. reviewed Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes on
the book is about sadako and that she has a illnes that she cant cure and she dosnt tell her parents abput any of it she dont even tell her best friend the legend has it that if anyone meakes 1000 paper cranes god will grand them a wish and thats just what sadako does she tries to make 1000 paper cranes but she only got to makes 650 and she died days after that its a sad story but really inspiering at the same time
While living in Japan, author Eleanor Coerr decided to learn as much about Sadako's story so that she could write a book younger children to read. Written at the 5th grade level, this short book contains several powerful black and white illustrations.