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

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The inspirational story of the Japanese national campaign to build the Children's Peace Statue honoring Sadako and hundreds of other children who died as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Ten years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Sadako Sasaki died as a result of atomic bomb disease. Sadako's determination to fold one thousand paper cranes and her courageous struggle with her illness inspired her classmates. After her death, they started a national campaign ...

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Overview

The inspirational story of the Japanese national campaign to build the Children's Peace Statue honoring Sadako and hundreds of other children who died as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Ten years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Sadako Sasaki died as a result of atomic bomb disease. Sadako's determination to fold one thousand paper cranes and her courageous struggle with her illness inspired her classmates. After her death, they started a national campaign to build the Children's Peace Statue to remember Sadako and the many other children who were victims of the Hiroshima bombing. On top of the statue is a girl holding a large crane in her outstretched arms. Today in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, this statue of Sadako is beautifully decorated with thousands of paper cranes given by people throughout the world.

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This story of a little girl named Sadako Sasaki and her death from what is called the Atomic Bomb Disease will tug at your heart and also terrify you, as it makes clear the horrible toll war takes on families. Sadako was two years old when an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Her family suffered terribly but they managed to survive. Nine years later Sadako was an active girl who loved to run and go to school, but then she developed symptoms of leukemia and went downhill rapidly. While in the hospital she started folding paper cranes, wishing on them for better health. When she died at 12, she had folded over a thousand of these cranes. Her classmates sponsored a national campaign to build a memorial, and today in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park there is a statue with a girl on top holding a large crane. It is a memorial to all the children who died from the bombing at Hiroshima. This book about Sadako, a tribute to a little girl and her friends, is a reminder to all of us that war is a terrible thing. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 1997, Random House/Dell Laurel-Leaf, 97p, illus, 18cm, $4.99. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Barbara Jo McKee; Libn/Media Dir. Streetsboro H.S. Stow, OH, May 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440228431
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 358,055
  • Age range: 12 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Takayuki Ishii was born in Tokyo. He is presently the pastor of Metropolitan-Duane United Methodist Christ, a multicultural congregation in New York City.
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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 Japan’s 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 world’s 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. Sadako’s death, ten years after the Hiroshima bombing, was caused by radiation exposure.
Radiation can’t be seen, but it’s 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    I love this book

    I read this book in art class when we were leaning how to make paper cranes i understood everything and im 10 tjis book is a very good book but it is also sad

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Confused!!!!!

    I have not yet read this book ,but I preordered it and I was scanning through it when: I realized where this book said Sadako folded 1,500 cranes!!!!! I am now totally confused because I prevoiusly read the book: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and in that book it clearly states the Sadako folded 644 cranes and I have found this information more than once. I don't know if I trust this book!





    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Madelynm

    Love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    One of the best books ever written

    I read this book when i was in second grade . Its one of those books that you will always remember .oh,and to answer your question WEIRD she died before she was able to finish making a thousand cranes . Her class finished the rest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Weird

    I thought she folded only 644 cranes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Dont hare appreciate

    This book helped me to appreciate mylife as crappy as it can be. My gramma died when i was seven mu other gramma died when i was twoher cat puppy died when i was ten and my cousin died at age twenty three. I am currently twelve and i know that they are here with me a i write this. I love them and i know that this book is a matter of if yiu hate your life its all the more to appreciate. Dont hate appreciate. Im listening to thirller as i write this and it really setting the mood. I might not dance like mj rip but i will give the bwst of me.... Victoria Justice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Amazing

    I love this book. The story makes you appreciate life more. Its incredably heartbreaking but so beautiful. I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    A very valuable book on the need to eliminate nuclear weaponry

    This story provides a first hand account by the author through his interview with family and persons involved with Sadako's life story.I see this as a basic authority for the validity of the story.It is a sad,and frightening,but ultimately a beautiful result and hopefully as the book ends our ultimate goal should be 'to create peace in the world'.that is what the children wanted. This little book should be available not only to children, but to all adults and especially our national leadership who have the ultimate responsibility for life and death with regard to nuclear weapons.

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    Posted November 11, 2011

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