Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes


Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes     Puffin Books © 1999
Eleanor Coerr                                                         64 pages

Summary: Sadako is a historical fiction book about a young, active girl excited about life. She is a descendent of family members who lived during the bombing of Hiroshima. Suddenly, she is diagnosed with leukemia and has to spend her days in the local hospital. Because a friend told her making 1,000 paper cranes is good luck, Sadako begins to make the cranes.

Character Description:

Sadako is a young, active girl whose goal is to be on the local running team.

Personal Reflection: The book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a relatively small book focusing on multicultural and historical backgrounds. This novel could be used in integrated curriculum, and a website shows the real memorial made to Sadako.

     Historical Fiction

     Disease and Illness
     WW II Aftermath to Today

Related Work:
     Hiroshima by Laurence Yep
     My Friend the Enemy by J.B. Cheaney

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you believe the atomic bomb was a good solution to Pearl Harbor? Why or why not?

2. Who was wrong, the U.S. or Japan? Explain.

3. How can we make sure this does not happen again?