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For 25 years, middle-grade readers have been moved by this telling of Sadako Sasaki's spirited battle with leukemia.

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.

©2004 Puffin (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • EmilyA
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • 04-29-12

Sadako

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.

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Share this story.

A good story for young adults I think everyone should hear Sadako's story and remember a brave little girl who never gave up hope.

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Beautiful Story, Beautifully Told

My students will be reading and listening to this story. It is a beautiful story and beautifully told

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Childhood favorite!

This is one of my favorite books from childhood. It opened my eyes to the country of Japan and helped me get into cross-cultural studies as my college major. Highly recommended!

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I will never forget when I first read this

This has been one of my favorite books since the sixth grade, and I basically have been reading it a lot ever since. Even though I have the book in brailll, I still like to listen to it on audible because the narrator did a wonderful job. I would recommend this book to any kid in grade school, but also to my great aunt Beckey. I’m thinking of sending this to her because the narrator did such a good jobk

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Such a heartwarming story!

Although I purchased the book and audiobook for my daughter for her 5th grade reading project last year, I listened to the audio after reading the book with her first.

Listening to a narrator instead, creates such a vivid imagery of the characters and what they went through.

Although it is rated for grade school age children, any adult would also enjoy the audio and/or book. I highly recommend this audio/book!

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15 stars out of 5!!!!!

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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Wow

I read this book along time ago. The courage and determination this young girl had is far bigger than anyone I know.

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Another great Audible book!

We had this book in our homeschool program. I was afraid to read this to my children because I knew how Sadako's story ends. (I didn't want to start crying at the end.) This narration was beautiful and spot-on with pronunciation. Loved this one!

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Very sad.

I personally would have liked sadako to have lived. But I gets that's just the way things are!

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