Friday, January 13, 2012

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr

Considering that Japanese is the LOTE at Blackmans Bay Primary, this would be an enlightening read for most upper primary students. It is not overly taxing and tells the story of an exuberant young Japanese girl called Sadako who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6th, 1945. Sadako loves to run and in general loves life. Suddenly, she is laid low with the dreaded disease leukaemia, which was a disease caused by the radiation from the bomb which affected many people even long after it had been dropped. One day her friend, Chizucho, visits her in hospital with a golden paper crane and tells her that anyone who folds a thousand cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. So Sadako begins her quest to fold cranes...

Pictured above is the memorial statue of Sadako in Hiroshima Peace Park.

If you want to make some paper cranes, click on the link below the book cover and follow the instructions on this video. Paper squares are available in the classroom.

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