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Sadako and the thousand paper cranes
Coerr, Eleanor.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [1977]

Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.
General Note:
Includes a section on "How to fold a paper crane."
Good luck signs -- Peace Day -- Sadako's secret -- A secret no longer -- The Golden Crane -- Kenji -- Hundreds of wishes -- Last days -- Racing with the wind.
Reading Level:
630 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 1.0 436.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.2 3 Quiz: 09937 Guided reading level: R.
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RJ416.L4 C63C Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RJ416.L4 C63C Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: 25th Anniversary EditionDESCRIPTION: For twenty-five years, middle-grade readers have been moved by this telling of Sadako Sasaki's spirited battle with leukemia. She was two-years-old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, and dizzy spells began when she was twelve. She faced the disease with an irrepressible spirit and focused her energy (and that of everyone who knew her) on folding 1000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend held would prompt the gods to make her well again. Eleanor Coerr crafted this story of Sadako's twelfth year after reading the book of her letters her classmates compiled after her death.

This special edition contains a bio of Eleanor Coerr with details about her work on this book and instructions for folding paper cranes.

"An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable." ( Booklist , starred review)

"The story speaks directly to young readers of the tragedy of Sadako's death and, in its simplicity, makes a universal statement for 'peace in the world.'" ( The Horn Book )

Author Notes

Eleanor Coerr was born in 1922 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada. Before becoming a children's book author, she was a newspaper reporter, an editor of a column for children, and taught children's literature at Monterey Peninsula College and creative writing at Chapman College in California. Her works include Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Mieko and the Fifth Treasure, Sadako, and The Big Balloon Race. She died on November 22, 2010 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 7
1 Good Luck Signsp. 9
2 Peace Dayp. 15
3 Sadako's Secretp. 21
4 A Secret No Longerp. 28
5 The Golden Cranep. 33
6 Kenjip. 40
7 Hundreds of Wishesp. 48
8 Last Daysp. 52
9 Racing With the Windp. 60
Epiloguep. 64
About the Author and This Bookp. 65
How to Fold a Paper Cranep. 69