Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Book review by Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Moving book about dying girl who became symbol for peace.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 14+

A heavy, but somewhat directionless story

A story of a girl who is dying and who hangs her last hope on folding 1,000 paper cranes. The hopelessness of her story is heartbreaking, but there really isn't much more to the book.

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age 10+

Very heavy book

This book was recommended for my school's "Battle of the Books" program for my 3rd grader. Next thing I know he's asking me if we dropped an atom bomb on Japan that causes children to get sick... well... the answer is yes. And 3rd grade is too young to be thinking about the effects of WWII. It's a very good book, after that I read it and cried a few times. So be careful if your child is sensitive or worries a lot. I feel like this should be for 5th grade and up.

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Book Details

  • Author: Eleanor Coerr
  • Genre: Biography
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • Publication date: April 21, 2005
  • Number of pages: 80
  • Last updated: June 11, 2015

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