Sadako Reading Activities

iroshima-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, an aftereffect of the atom bomb that fell on her city when she was only an infant, Sadako approaches her illness the way she did her running - with irrepressible spirit.  Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes.  For the legend holds that if a sick person folds 1000 paper 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 courage that made one young women a heroine in Japan.
(excerpt taken from back of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes)