Synopses & Reviews
For twenty-five years, middle-grade readers have been moved by this telling of Sadako Sasaki's spirited battle with leukemia. She was two-years-old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, and dizzy spells began when she was twelve. She faced the disease with an irrepressible spirit and focused her energy (and that of everyone who knew her) on folding 1000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend held would prompt the gods to make her well again. Eleanor Coerr crafted this story of Sadako's twelfth year after reading the book of her letters her classmates compiled after her death.
This special edition contains a bio of Eleanor Coerr with details about her work on this book and instructions for folding paper cranes.
"An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable." (Booklist, starred review)
"The story speaks directly to young readers of the tragedy of Sadako's death and, in its simplicity, makes a universal statement for 'peace in the world.'" (The Horn Book)
Middle-grade readers have been moved by this story for 25 years, as they read of young Sadako and how she battled cancer by folding 1,000 paper cranes for luck.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: 25th Anniversary Edition
Born in Hiroshima in 1943, Sadako was the star of her school's running team, until the dizzy spells started and she was forced to face the hardest race of her life-the race against time.
An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable.” Booklist, starred review
The star of her schools running team, Sadako is lively and athletic
until the dizzy spells start. Then she must face the hardest race of her lifethe race against time. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the courage that makes one young woman a heroine in Japan.
"[The] story speaks directly to young readers of the tragedy of Sadako's death and, in its simplicity, makes a universal statement for 'peace in the world.” The Horn Book "The story is told tenderly but with neither a morbid nor a sentimental tone: it is direct and touching." BCCB
About the Author
Eleanor Coerr (1922-2010) is the author of many books for young readers, including Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and Mieko and the Fifth Treasure.
Table of Contents
Good luck signs -- Peace Day -- Sadako's secret -- A secret no longer -- The Golden Crane -- Kenji -- Hundreds of wishes -- Last days -- Racing with the wind.