Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)


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 “An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable.” —Booklist, starred review

The star of her school’s running team, Sadako is lively and athletic…until the dizzy spells start. Then she must face the hardest race of her life—the race against time. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the courage that makes one young woman a heroine in Japan. 

"[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 "The story is told tenderly but with neither a morbid nor a sentimental tone: it is direct and touching."  —BCCB

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142401132
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/12/2004
Series: Puffin Modern Classics Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 189,574
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.22(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Eleanor Coerr (1922-2010) is the author of many books for young readers, including Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and Mieko and the Fifth Treasure.

Table of Contents

1Good Luck Signs9
2Peace Day15
3Sadako's Secret21
4A Secret No Longer28
5The Golden Crane33
7Hundreds of Wishes48
8Last Days52
9Racing With the Wind60
About the Author and This Book65
How to Fold a Paper Crane69

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 192 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our third grade class just finished reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. We really enjoyed the book because it taught us a lot about Japan's culture and some of its recent history. We learned how our country's decision to drop the bomb affected so many families in Hiroshima. The book taught us not to give up hope even when things get tough. We enjoyed using Sadako's stategy of folding origami cranes to help keep her spirits up. It was fun to compare our two cultures and to find out that although we seem different, we are really very much alike. We recommend this book to kids aged 8 and up because younger kids might have a hard time with the subjects of war and death. We hope that you will enjoy this book as much as we did!
Lexi12 More than 1 year ago
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr was a short, but inspirational book. Sadako was an 11 year old Japanese girl who lived during WW II and the Atomic Bomb era. Her story began when an atomic bomb landed in Hiroshima, which is where she lived. The radiation from the bomb caused her to develop leukemia. Throughout the book she is fighting for her life with the help of her family and friends. There was an old Japanese saying that if you made 1,000 paper cranes you would be granted a wish. Sadako began making paper cranes hoping for only one wish, her life. She succeeded in making 644 cranes and became too ill and weak to finish. Her friends and family completed this great task for her. My thoughts about this book were that it was very deep and intense at times. Both kids and adults can relate to the hope and sensitivity of an ill person. It will inspire many to never give up but always keep as positive an attitude as you can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I had my english teache read it to us and it was so sad. I tried not to cry but, i did. IN CLASS!!!! All of my friends and classmates were staring at me... but it was so touching... i acutally wrote a report on hiroshima and was even more depressed. Buy this book and read it!! Although its a short book... it really makes you think at night how bad hiroshima got hit with the atom bomb. Like i said there is no way to decribe how amazing and touching this story is... i love it. If ou are looking for a good book to read then you have come to the right place. Please fellow nook owners... buy this book. (Oh great i sound like a bad sales person. Teehee). I highly recomend this book. If you like, The Help, A thousand years, or Beyond the burning time, you will fall in love will this book. Sorry i have written a lot but really for this book... you need to write a lot. The only down fall about this extrordinary book is that you will cry. A LOT!!!!?. No matter if you are male ir female, young or old, white or black, you will love this book........*************&dagger;**************** you ¿ this book = <3. Like i said earlieer......... you will cry a lot; so have you tissues in hand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG i read this when i was 7 and i fell in love with it. 5 years later and its still my fav book. My copy is so dog eared that its going to fall apart. No words to describe it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished reading the book today whit my fith grade class today. I loved it ...... very heart warming
TachaM More than 1 year ago
I read this book in middle school 3 times !! and i cried every time i loved it. This book is amazing in every way !!! its a short book that makes you dream makes you fall in love with everything about it. It teaches a little bit of history and some culture. I'm now 23 years old and I still remember this book ! Every time i think about it i get the same feeling i use too when i was reading it as a kid. I recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting and important. It taught me not to fight,stay strong,and stay true to yourself. I would recommend this book to everybody. I really love this book,read it and you would too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My fifth grade class read this. Now that I'm in 8th grade it makes me cry to think about her story. It is a story about life and love. Undying love. Totally recommend to anyone (mainly older children so they can understand the meaning). This a wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read thid book in fourth grade and was touched by Sadako's determination to live. The book is sad and I almost cried when Sadako died. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a heartwarming story or is feeling sad because this book will teach you a lesson to live life to the fullest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome first book i read itbin a compettition
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So si sad i almost cried because she was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so good because it was about a girl who thought that peace was badly needed in the world.She never gave up hope,she always wanted to achieve this and she did.Now that she did it,Sadoko is famous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this very good heart touching
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It has a really good message. Sadako is my favorite character because she is very spirited. It was sad what happened to Kenjii
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really Love tjis book i read it in a reading program at school. I thought it would be bad but no. It is short only like 70 pages.The ending is sad though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like because im reading it in my fiurth grade class very good book!!!!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sooo sad but such a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv this book! It so touching,hopeful,peaceful,andgood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very touchin had good twists and turns loved the book i recimend u to read it ;) :) :} ;} :] ;]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luv it to me it is the best cause its inspirational and u can get to learn ad se how she perservered
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book but itsvstuper sad!
Hugheser24 More than 1 year ago
this girl was very brave and ne er gave uo. it helped me when ih learned i got cancer. truly heart fekt. love it!!!!M!!!!!!!