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Grade 2-6-The touching story of a terminally ill girl is recreated in this audio version of the book by Eleanor Coerr (Puffin, 1977). Based on the true story of a young Japanese girl who contracts leukemia as a result of the atom bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, the story follows Sadako as a healthy schoolgirl winning relay races, through her diagnosis with the atom bomb sickness, to her long stay in the hospital. It is in the hospital that she first begins making origami cranes to pass the time. Her ultimate goal is to make 1000, but she dies with only 644 completed. Sadako's classmates finish making the remaining cranes, and all 1000 are buried with her. Read by Christina Moore, the recording has excellent narration and sound quality and is particularly notable for the children's voices. Moore uses subtle nuances to distinguish between characters, and conveys a sense of Sadako's gentle spirit and courage. The recording is further enriched at the end by an interesting biography of Eleanor Coerr that explains how the author came to write Sadako's story. Schools and public libraries will benefit from adding this recording to their collections.
Paula L. Setser, Deep Springs Elementary School, Lexington, KY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable. -- Booklist, starred reviewSee all Editorial Reviews
So glad I got this book. Apparently, many people have heard this story, but it was new to me. I have just started learning origami. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rita M. Cleary
I was really touched by the simple but harsh reality of this true story. I would recommend this book I kids and adultsPublished 11 days ago by AS
One of my all time favorite books. I read this as a child and bought this copy for my niece so that she, too, could read it and never be the same again, too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by selket16
This is a wonderful story. I bought English and Spanish version and I sent to my friends. They really liked the books.Published 2 months ago by grace
Excellent condition. Wonderful story. I'm folding 1000 cranes and giving them away!Published 3 months ago by Tomi Phillips
Sadako was written in very easy English that I'd like to recommend to whom wants to study English through reading stories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ellen Ju
This inspiring story about Sadako and the 1,000 paper cranes is touching and meaningful even today.Published 4 months ago by Let's give it a try