Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes


Bibliographic Information: Coerr, Eleanor. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. New York: Putnam, 1977. Print.

Brief Annotation: Sadako is one of the fastest runners in her grade.  However, she soon is diagnosed with “the atomic bomb disease” or leukemia.  She soon begins the challenge of making one thousand paper cranes as legend has it, those who make one thousand will be healed by the gods.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 3-6

Readers who will like this: Children that can handle empathy, as this story can be something that is hard to connect to.  Children that also may have a loved one who has cancer can connect with this book.  But it is also a book of hope.

Rating/Response: 4. This book is one that really challenges the students because it shows that there are hard times in life, and there isn’t always a happy ending.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Does anyone know someone who is very ill like with cancer?

Posted by: Natalie Hager


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