by Eleanor Coerr, Ed Young
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Sadako by Eleanor Coerr, Ed Young

Sadako, a young girl dying of leukemia as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima, is determined to follow the Japanese legend that holds if a person who is ill makes 1,000 paper cranes, the gods will grant that person's wish to be well again.

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ISBN-13: 9780780776661
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Eleanor Coerr was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Two of her favorite childhood hobbies were reading and making up stories. Her powerful novel, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, has been translated into many languages and has moved both children and adults to write plays, perform ballets, compose songs, and collect money for peace statues—all celebrating Sadako and her wish for peace. Eleanor has visited schools all around the world encouraging her audiences to work for a nonviolent world. Folded cranes are everywhere, and always underneath the statue of Sadako in Hiroshima's Peace Park.

Caldecott medalist Ed Young ( was born in Tientsin, China, and brought up in Shanghai. He cites the philosophy of Chinese painting as an inspiration for much of his work. Mr. Young has been illustrating children's books for more than twenty years and has won many awards. He received the 1990 Caldecott Medal for his book Lon Po Po, and his much-lauded collaboration with anthologist Nancy Larrick, Cats Are Cats, was named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 1988 by The New York Times. Mr. Young studied at the University of Illinois, the Art Center of Los Angeles, and Pratt Institute in New York City. He and his family live in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Sadako, by Eleanor Coerr, nine year old Sadako Sasaki lives in Hiroshima, Japan in 1954. She is so excited one morning because she will get to go to Peace Park. This day was the memorial for the atomic bomb that dropped on the city in 1945. Sadako is a book about hope and peace. Sadako Sasaki was only a baby when the atomic bomb dropped on the city. Nine years later, she was running in the schoolyard, when she got dizzy and fell on the ground. When Sadako woke up, she was in a hospital on a bed with doctors surrounding her. Dr.Numata was tapping her back and asking a lot of guestions. Sadako had gotten leukemia from the atomic bomb! In the evening, her mom came to Sadako's room and told her everything will be ok. She told Sadako to fold one thousand paper cranes, then her wish will come true. Some people thought that dropping the atomic bomb would teach Japan a lesson and end World War II. When you read the book, you thought that Sadako would eventually survive the cancer and live a long life. But when the bomb dropped, in a split second, more than 100,000 people died. Soon, most of the people who survived the bomb will eventually die from the radiation. Now, people are feeling guilty in the U.S., especially the pilots who dropped the bomb. They took away lives of innocent people. This book probably changed their thinking. Eleanor Coerr wrote Sadako because she was sending a message to the reader that this book isn't just about the atomic bomb. This book is about friendship and peace. She also was trying to make people think differently toward the atomic bomb.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i like this book because it has alot of thinking in it and it makes thinking come into your mind once you read all of the storys by them and it lets you know that some but not all wishes can come true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in third grade, now I am a junior and I went out and bought it because I was writing a paper on emotional stories. While reading it again it has moved be beyond expression and while this is a comprehendable book for grade school kids it should be read by people of all ages. It is simply that moving.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book that I read is called Sadako and The Thousands Cranes. It is the best book I ever read. It almost makes you feel like your there or you can feel what all the people are going through. If you hate reading like I do trust me you'll want to read this book. It's about this atom bomb that hits Hiroshima when Sadako was only 2. Sadako was the fastest and best runner on her relay team, then after she got finished running one day she started getting dizzy spells but she didn't tell anyone but herbest friend Chizuco. She didn't even find out that she had the atom bomb diaese until 9 years later.I'll let you read the rest and find out what happend but, you really should read this book it is so good we were reading in Lang.Arts then after we got done we went to go see the play that was really neat. So thats all I'm gonna tell you so make sure you read this book.