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One Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako and the Children's Peace Statue

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Between 1941 and 1945, Japan was involved in the Second World War, a conflagration that engulfed most of the world. In 1945, the end of the war was drawing near, and Japan, Germany and Italy were facing defeat by the Allied Forces, including the United States and Great Britain. All of Japans major cities were under constant aerial bombardment. Large squadrons of heavy B-29 bombers repeatedly firebombed Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya.

Most of these cities became seas of fire as a result of these bombings. Upon impact, a typical fire bomb spread an intensely hot, burning oil-like substance over large areas, destroying everything it touched. At the time most, most Japanese houses were constructed entirely of wood, so they were easily ignited and quickly burned to the ground. Many houses were intentionally destroyed to make empty spaces to slow down the spread of fire throughout Japan.

Meanwhile, scientists in the United States were creating a far more devastating bomb-the worlds first atomic bomb. The first atomic bomb was developed in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and passed its first test on July 16, 1945. The U.S Army had already targeted a Japanese city for the first bombing.

Hiroshima was the first choice, Kokura the second choice, and Nagasaki, the third. These cities were chosen because they were manufacturing centers of military equipment in the Japanese war effort. U.S. military leaders determined that a clear, cloudless day would be the most suitable for this mission.

The atomic bomb which was dropped in Hiroshima produced a very large amount of radiation. Sadakos death, ten years after the Hiroshima bombing, was caused by radiation exposure.

Radiation cant be seen, but its like light; it penetrates and permeates everything and everyone that is near it. Once exposed to radiation, even a small degree of it, living things will begin to deteriorate and will eventually die. In some cases, radiation sickness progresses in the human body slowly over a long period of time. Such was the case for Sadako.

Due to the severity of the radiation over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it was believed by many scientists that no trees, grass, vegetation or human life would be able to live in these cities for a hundred years.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440228431
Author:
Ishii, Takayuki
Author:
Ishii, Takeyuki
Author:
Takayuki, Ishii
Publisher:
Laurel Leaf Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Politics / Current Events
Subject:
History - Military & Wars
Subject:
Politics & Government
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
History - Asia
Subject:
Leukemia
Subject:
Atomic bomb
Subject:
Leukemia in children
Subject:
Hiroshima-shi
Subject:
Social Science - Politics & Government
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-World History
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
106-777
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW PHOTOS and ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
6.94x4.40x.23 in. .19 lbs.
Age Level:
from 10

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"Synopsis" by , The Japanese campaign to build the Children's Peace Statue honoring Sadako Sasaki, who died from atomic bomb disease shortly after the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II, is presented.
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