She was two-years-old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, and dizzy spells began when she was 12. She faced the disease with an irrepressible spirit and focused her energy (and that of everyone who knew her) on folding 1000 paper cranes, which Japanese legend held would prompt the gods to make her well again.
Eleanor Coerr crafted this story of Sadako's 12th year after reading the book of her letters her classmates compiled after her death.
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This was a quick listen, but well worth the inexpensive price. The story is very moving. As you begin to listen, you quickly start to like Sadako and want to see her succeed and accomplish all the things she has set before her. It's heart breaking to follow her through her trials. I found this story to be a wonderful addition to the textbook study of this time period and the atom bomb. It is a story you will never forget as you are allowed into the private world of the individuals who suffered long after the atom bomb was dropped. The narrator does a fantastic job of reading this inspiring story.
My fifth grade class is reading this book together. The book was very descriptive. It made me think about the time when I had my tonsils out and how hard that was, but I had a full recovery. My parents believe that the atom bombing was necessary to end the war, but no one is happy about that solution.
I had to get used to reading the Japanese names and other words. The audible book taught me how to say them correctly, and that feels like a good way to honor Sadako, just one of many innocent children who died long after the end of WW2.
The story is both happy and sad, and it helps me to connect to history in a real way. Parents should definitely read this book together with kids. Since it is a true story, it is worth taking a little time to read it and learn about the life and death of a young girl named Sadako, a girl who changed the world in her own way.
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