Sadako and the Thousamd Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
This year is the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Sadako Sasaki was only two years old when the bomb fell. She was one of the survivors. But at 12 years old, she developed leukemia as a result of the radiation from the bomb. This is the story of how, when she was hospitalized, a friend reminded her of the old Japanese legend, that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, the gods will grant your wish. Sadako, wished to get well, and started folding.
This is a sad story, but there is hope in it, too. Sadako and the paper cranes have become a symbol of our wish for peace in the world.
If you read this story, you will want to begin folding your own paper cranes. We did, at Roselle Library. Through the month of September, as a remembrance of the September 11th tragedy, we are attempting to fold 1,000 paper cranes. Right now, we have over 500 hanging all over the library! I hope we make our goal. Whether we do or not, we will send the cranes to the Seattle Peace Park, where there is a statue of Sadako.