Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. ~ Dr. Seuss

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

line Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
by Eleanor Coerr(Author), Ronald Himler (Illustrator)


Sadako, a young Japanese girl, lives with her parents and two brothers. Her home is not far from where the atom bomb was dropped in the World War II of 1945. As she goes about her daily life, Sadako seesĀ  the consequences of the bombing in her village. She sees the evidence in the faces of the people, in the disfigurement and the “atom bomb” disease.

Sadako loves racing. Her dream is to compete in the relay races at her school. She knows she is really good at running. So every day she practices very hard. But lately she has been feeling dazed and unusually tired. Then race day comes and as she runs, she collapses on the field and black’s out. Sadako is soon diagnosed with Leukemia, the “Atom Bomb” disease.

Sadako is heart-broken. Her spirit wants to fight the disease and struggles to find a way to cope daily. Then her friend suggests that if she folds and offers a thousand paper cranes to the Gods, then she can ask them to make her better. And so she begins to fold and her brother helps to hang them on her ceiling..

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Sketches

This story is a true story, told simply and beautifully. And although it was heart breaking to read this book, it is also a story of hope and faith. It is a beautiful book to read to children, to learn about the many horrors of war and the after effects of the bomb for many generations to come.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes MOnument

Yes this book will make you cry. But don’t be afraid of reading it. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is an extraordinary book.

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


  1. Miwa

    What a great book. As a Japanese-American trying to raise a bilingual/bicultural child, it’s this kind of book that I want my daughter to read and understand. I think it’s so important for future generations to remember what results from war.

    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Miwa.. It is indeed a great book very well written and deserves a place in Classics.

  2. Wow, what a great book. This is the type of book I love bringing to those who read my review site. We should never forget how awful that bomb was, and future generations need to understand the consequences of war. Einstein never wanted the atomic bomb used and found himself regretting the help he gave, not fully believing it would be used in war. (On a Beam of Light – Chronicle Books). Very nice selection and review.


Leave a Reply