Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

I was reminded of this book while cruising on my facebook page and finding a mention by the wonderful Cathy Cassidy (thank you, Cathy). It tells the story of Sadako, a young Japanese girl diagnosed with atomic bomb illness (leukemia). She turns to her Japanese belief system, and begins to create a thousand paper cranes (using origami paper folding art); each one a paper that she will get better. Sadly, this is not the case. Truly beautiful, and based on a true story, this is a books that will stay with you. It was one of my favourites as a child. In light of recent events in Japan, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes has a particular poignancy at this time.
My seven paper cranes... more are on the way!
I'm also going to share a facebook link with you, '1000 Paper Cranes for Japan'. I encourage any of you on facebook out there to check this out. This beautiful and simple gesture is given as a prayer for the people of Japan. Perhaps you would like to join us and make your own paper cranes for Japan?


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