REVIEW: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr

EPSON scanner imageFormat:  Paperback
Genre:  Children’s Lit
ISBN:  978-0-14-240113-2
Published:  1977

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Back of the Book Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

I liked this book a lot. I think the author did a really good job of dealing sensitively with the death of a child, in a way that was accessible to children. I liked that it is based on a true story, because it gives an opportunity for further conversations about the realities of war, of terminal illness, and of living with hope in the face of impossible odds. Finally, I liked that this girl was spirited and determined, that she worked hard, and that she persevered in the face of difficulty. These are such good lessons for kids to learn, and reading of someone their age, who did all of those things under increasingly dire circumstances, is inspiring to kids and adults alike.


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