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By Eleanor Coerr
Illustrated by Ed Young
1993, 45 pages, Hardback.
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A Japanese legend holds that if a person who is ill makes a thousand paper cranes, the gods will grant that person's wish to get well again.

In her novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr told the moving story of Sadako and her brave struggle against leukemia, the "atom-bomb disease," which she developed when she was twelve, just ten years after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

The novel became a classic, and when Sadako's story was to be made into a film, Caldecott medalist Ed Young was asked to do the illustrations. With love and commitment, he created nearly three hundred hauntingly beautiful pastels which bring to life the spirit of Sadako, her courage and her strength.

Now a selection of these images and a new text by Eleanor Coerr come together in Sadako, with the hope that Sadako's story will inspire children of all ages.

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Background on the Author and Illustrator

Eleanor Coerr was living in Japan with her husband when she first learned about Sadako. When she discovered that Sadako's letters had been published in a book called Kokeshi, she decided to write Sadako's story. "If you tell people that 200,000 died as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima, it doesn't have as much impact as the story of one little girl." Because of her first book, Sadako and the Thousand Cranes, children all over the world have come to know about Sadako and her message of peace.

Caldecott medalist Ed Young traveled to Hiroshima with the film's director and producer, George Levenson, researching and designing the illustrations for the film. The result is a collection of luminous pastels infused with a sense of movement and flight.

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