Sadako

by Eleanor Coerr and Ed Young

Sadako Sasaki is the child honored by the monument of a girl holding a large origami... read more

Sadako Sasaki is the child honored by the monument of a girl holding a large origami crane in the Hiroshima Peace Park. The monument is a strong expression for peace, representing the many who perished in Japan as a result of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. As she suffered from radiation sickness, Sadako and her friends are reported to have folded origami cranes, in accordance with the Japanese legend holding that if a sick person folds 1,000 cranes, the gods will restore her health. The same author who wrote the moving short fiction book SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES (Putnam, 1977) presents this adaptation of the script for a film of the same name. The striking 9 1/4" by 11 1/4" book includes a selection of the almost three hundred images artist Ed Young created for the film using pastels, many of which reflect images of origami cranes or those from nature. (Ages 8-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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