The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki

The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki

by Sue DiCicco, Masahiro Sasaki


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Sadako Sasaki, a young girl of twelve, develops leukemia caused by exposure to the atom bomb dropped on her city of Hiroshima, Japan at the end of WWII. While in the hospital, Sadako learns to fold origami cranes and believes that folding the cranes might lead to the granting of a wish. A loving and compassionate child, Sadako's life inspires her classmates to create a memorial in her honor, to remember all the children impacted by the war.

Masahiro Sasaki, Sadako’s older brother, and Sue DiCicco, founder of The Peace Crane Project, tell Sadako’s true story in English for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938193019
Publisher: Armed with the Arts Inc
Publication date: 09/21/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 319,151
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sue DiCicco began her career as a Disney Animator, one of the first women to achieve that position. In addition to her work as an animator, Sue is a sculptor, and prolific author/illustrator of books for children, including "Origami Peace Cranes, Friendships Take Flight," a story designed to encourage connection and friendship through origami cranes. An early pioneer of the Internet, Sue designed and created the world's first online schoolhouse, serving up to 300,000 school children per event in the 1990s.

Propelled by a desire to creatively connect students from every corner of the world in a vision of peace, Sue founded The Peace Crane Project in 2012.

In addition to hosting the Peace Crane Project, Sue now speaks at venues globally, inviting listeners to explore and embrace the power and the potential of the Internet to connect students in creating a more understanding, educated, integrated, and peaceful future.

Masahiro Sasaki, Sadako's older brother, was born in Hiroshima in 1941. Masahiro, along with Sadako, were exposed to the atomic bombing in 1945. As a teenager, he joined the Acting Construction Committee to build The Children's Monument of the Atomic Bomb, completed in 1958.

Since 2000, Masahiro has dedicated himself to sharing Sadako's true story, and the plight of all atomic war survivors with the world. Masahiro received the Hiroshima Citizen's Award in 2007 and was awarded the Spirit of America Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, the first non-American to receive it. He established The Sadako Legacy, a nonprofit organization, in 2009. To inspire others, he has donated Sadako's cranes to venues all around the world.

Today, Masahiro gives lectures globally and promotes activities to connect people for peace.

Table of Contents


A Most Unusual Arrival

Life in the Midst of War

Dark Days Looming

The Unthinkable

Hell on Earth

Surrender and Hardship

The Bumpy Road to Recovery

Joys of Everyday Life

A Different Kind of Pain

Devastating News

Holding on to Happiness

Treatment Begins


Hospital Life

All Pain No Gain

Lost in the Stars

Dreams Take Flight

Little Outings

A Secret Wish

Pain-Free at Last

Cranes Take Flight


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