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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 3 - 5! We are excited for you to join us in our discussion for Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a flyer for this website, a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Kits are ready to pick up! Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Amanda know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!

"Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" by Eleanor Coerr

"Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic — the star of her school's running team. And then the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the "atom bomb disease," Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the extraordinary courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan.”

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author, Sadako, Japan, and the atomic bomb

The Canadian Encyclopedia’s page on Eleanor Coerr:’s page on Sasaki Sadako:

The City of Hiroshima’s page on Peace Day and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum:’s page on the O-Bon Festival (this year it’s August 13-16):

The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, The Atomic Heritage Foundation:

Included as well: A Sadako writing activity, two recipes for bean cakes, a design your own kimono activity, and instructions to make an origami swan.

We hope you enjoy these activities and cannot wait to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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