Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

  • by Eleanor Coerr
  • Narrated by Elaina Erika Davis
  • 0 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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.
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- EmilyA

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-03-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA and Audible