Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr

 Picture: Courtesy Wikipedia
         Sadako Sasaki is a free bird, her youthful sprit propelling her through life, until one obstacle brings everything to halt. Sadako develops leukemia, or bone cancer, due to the atom bomb that was dropped in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
         Sadako is an incorrigible optimist, and remains positive through the various stages of her frightening, mysterious illness. When her sickness worsens, she is transferred to the hospital, where she hears a legend about paper cranes. (See previous post). She unwaveringly continues to believe that if she makes a thousand paper cranes, she will be cured of her illness. According to the deal she makes with herself, every single of those thousand cranes must be made by her own hands. The only problem is, will her hands stop shaking long enough for her to finish?
         This is not a weepy, depressing book. Throughout the story, Sadako’s strong willpower and steadfast belief is awe-inspiring. The suspense continues until the very last pages of the book. The most interesting of all, is that Sadako Sasaki was a real girl who lived in Japan, and this story is based on the truth. Sadako has a memorial dedicated to her in Hiroshima Peace Park, and another in Seattle Peace Park. Below: the memorial in Hiroshima Peace Park.
Picture: Courtesy mylifeyoga.com
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