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 foldingBut since the boo 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 foldingBut 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 somethingmeaningful 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 bedisheartening 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 themI 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 expectof children s books than I do of adult books, but then, I ve found I can expectfrom 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 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 And he prayed that his family would be protected from the atom bomb disease called leukemia History learning has many angles, andoften 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 stu And he prayed that his family would be protected from the atom bomb disease called leukemia History learning has many angles, andoften 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 becapable 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 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 leuk 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 The book and its message are simple and straightforward Whether or not you think the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary to end WWII, it s a powerful reminder of the cost of war and its innocent victims The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, topped with a statue of Sadako and a crane.This book was a Christmas gift from a friend who s a teacher Thanks, Janet In this reinvention of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,images by Caldecott medalist Ed Young and new text by Eleanor Coerr come together to inspire children of all ages In her novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr told the moving story of Sadako and her brave struggle against leukemia, the atom bomb disease, which she developed when she was twelve, just ten years after the bomb was dropped on HiroshimaThe novel became a classic, and when Sadako s story was to be made into a film, Caldecott medalist Ed Young was asked to do the illustrations With love and commitment, he created nearlyhauntingly beautiful pastels which bring to life the spirit of Sadako, her courage and her strength A masterful collaboration that will attract many new friends for Sadako School Library Journal Coerr s condensed text succeeds in retaining the simple lyricism of the original, allowing the leukemia stricken Sadako to emerge as a quietly courageous girl Publishers Weekly 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 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 image error On the other hand, herpopular namesake, Sadako Yamamura is this fictional antagonist in the 1991 Japanese horror film, The Ring Unlike the peace loving Sadako Sasaki and her thousand paper cranes, this Sadako is pure evil particularly in her ghostly state She haunts and kills everyone who comes in her way when she wants to take her revenge on people who saw this VHS tape showing some kind of water well that when covered takes the shape of a ring She first calls up the viewer who rented and watched her VHS not to announce the he she won a prize like when you are spotted by a camera watching a certain TV series but to tell him her of his her death in the next 24 hours This is how she looks like when she goes outside the TV to kill the viewer of her VHS Sadako s name is Japanese for chaste child sada chaste and ko child I am not sure if Sadako is a common name in Japan but I thought that the novelist Koji Suzuki who wrote the book The Ring Ringu somewhat dishonored the memory of Sadako Sasaki but naming his antagonist based on a well loved symbol of world peace in Japan I might be mistaken though because Mary or its variants like Maria, Mari, Marianne or Marie is so common that many people, regardless whether saints and sinners, have adopted or affixed the Mother of God s name to his or her own Anyway, this is a thin and easy to read book basically relating the last 9 months or so of Sadako Sasaki s life on earth Heartfelt story with a subtle message from Japan to America when the author, a Canadian American, wrote this line We keep on saying that we remember Pearl Harbor Remember Pearl Harbor However, let s not forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki Prior to the start of my reading, I knew that this was a sad story However, I thought that the book s 63 pages were too few for Coerr to be able to fully develop her characters so I would be able to forge sympathy with any of them I was wrong That portion when the dying Sadako was hearing her mother s rubber slippers was able to squeeze few drops of tears from my eyes literally.Normally, when a book is so good that it was able to make me cry or laugh, I automatically give it a 5 star rating However, I am giving this a star less Reason is that I have a newer andcomprehensive version of Sadako Sasaki s story, 1997 published book by Takayuki Ishii s One Thousand Paper Cranes and he debunked several aspects of Coeer s version.Still Ishii s version talks about the saintly Sadako Sasaki and not the evil Sadako Yamamura Now we all know which is which 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 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 Pics and links on events on my blog More of my reviews here 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 go 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 An old reread from middle school. 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.