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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 Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a children s historical novel written by Canadian American author Eleanor Coerr and published in 1977 It is set in Japan after World War II The short novel is a fictional retelling of the story of Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bombing by the United States Sadako was 2 years old when the atomic bomb Little Boy was dropped on August 6, 1945, near her home by Misasa Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan She was at home when the explosion occurred, about one mile from ground zero In November 1954, when she was 12 she developed swellings on her neck and behind her ears In January 1955, purple spots had formed on her legs Subsequently, she was diagnosed with leukemia her mother referred to it as an atom bomb disease She was hospitalized on February 21, 1955, and given a year to live After being diagnosed with leukemia from the radiation, Sadako s friend told her to fold origami paper cranes orizuru in hope of making a thousand of them She was inspired to do so by the Japanese legend that one who created a thousand origami cranes would be granted a wish Her wish was simply to live In this retelling of her story, she managed to fold only 644 cranes before she became too weak to fold any , and died on the morning of October 25, 1955 Her friends and family helped finish her dream by folding the rest of the cranes, which were buried with Sadako However, the claim in the book that Sadako died before completing the 1000 cranes, and her two friends completed the task, placing the finished cranes in her casket is not backed up by her surviving family members According to her family, and especially her older brother Masahiro Sasaki who speaks on his sister s life at events, Sadako not only exceeded 644 cranes, she exceeded her goal of 1000 and died having folded approximately 1400 paper cranes Masahiro Sadako, says in his book The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki that she exceeded her goal Mr Sasaki and the family have donated some of Sadako s cranes at places of importance around the world in NYC at the 9 11 memorial, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at The Truman Library Museum on November 19, 2015, at Museum Of Tolerance on May 26, 2016, and the Japanese American National Museum three days later USS Arizona Crane Donation and President Truman Museum Donation helped by Mr Clifton Truman Daniel who is the grandson of President Truman After her death, Sadako s friends and schoolmates published a collection of letters in order to raise funds to build a memorial to her and all of the children who had died from the effects of the atomic bomb In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also called the Genbaku Dome, and installed in the Hiroshima Peace Park At the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads This is our cry This is our prayer Peace on Earth Every year on Obon Day, which is a holiday in Japan to remember the departed spirits of one s ancestors, thousands of people leave paper cranes near the statue A paper crane database has been established online for contributors to leave a message of peace and to keep a record of those who have donated cranes 1984 1359 58 1362 1374 1377 1381 9644321626 20 And he prayed that his family would be protected from the atom bomb disease called leukemia History learning has many angles, and often 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 be capable 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 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 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 3This is a beautiful and absolutely devastating book that everyone must read it ll take you less than an hour. .FREE DOWNLOAD ♍ Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes ⚐ Hiroshima Born Sadako Is Lively And Athletic The Star Of Her School S Running Team And Then The Dizzy Spells Start Soon Gravely Ill With Leukemia, The Atom Bomb Disease, Sadako Faces Her Future With Spirit And Bravery Recalling A Japanese Legend, Sadako Sets To Work Folding Paper Cranes For The Legend Holds That If A Sick Person Folds One Thousand Cranes, The Gods Will Grant Her Wish And Make Her Healthy Again Based On A True Story, Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes Celebrates The Extraordinary Courage That Made One Young Woman A Heroine In Japan 10 5. . 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