Historical Fiction

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr

Historical References: Explain at least 3 references to REAL Events in your novel. Use the novel to cite specific text examples as evidence for these references. Include the page number if possible and remember quotation marks.

The first reference to real events in my book is to the atomic bomb that landed in Hiroshima during World War 2. It says,

"...Every year on August 6th we remember those who died when the atom bomb was dropped on our city." pg. 11.

The second reference was to Peace Day, a memorial day to the people who died in the atomic bomb. The book says,

" ...the peace day of last year." on pg. 13.

The third reference to real events was to Peace Park, a memorial park for those who died in the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima. In the book, it mentions Peace Park.

"...At the entrance to Peace Park,..." pg. 16.


The main character in my book is Sadako Sasaki. She was two in Hiroshima when the bomb dropped on her city. She survived, along with her mother, father, and older brother. The only family member of hers that died was her Oba Chan, or grandmother. When she was twelve, nine years after the atomic bomb, she contracted leukemia. She tried to live by making a thousand paper cranes, based off a story that said if you made 1,000 paper cranes, the gods would grant you any wish. Her courage during that tough time inspired her peers to make a monument in her honor.

What is your opinion of the book? Would you recommend the book? Why or why not? Clarify your point of view with 3 or more reasons. Support your reasons with specific examples from the book

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others. One reason I would recommend this book is because it shows how it impacted the city and the people, sometimes even before the people were born. One example of this is when Sadako meets a nine year old boy with the atom bomb disease. She was confused why he had it when he wasn't alive when it happened. He said he'd gotten it from his mom, who was there when the atomic bomb was dropped.

Another reason I would recommend the book is because it helps you understand how painful leukemia is and how it effects people. In the book it says, in the beginning, she was dizzy after she ran long distances. Once she got leukemia full force, her legs where swollen, she got headaches, and she was really weak.

Last but not least, I would recommend this book because of the way the people around Sadako reacted when she died. According to the book, her cllassmates raised money for a statue of Sadako holding a paper crane. Underneath, there is a poem that says,

This is our cry,

This is our prayer,

Peace in the world.

What is the main setting of the book (location and time period)?

This book is based in Hiroshima, shortly after World War 2 (1950-1955)

Explain some of the major problems the main character faced and how they were resolved?

The major problem that my character faced was leukemia. Her leukemia wasn't resolved, but she made a lasting impact on the people around her to be peaceful and grateful.

Quotable Quotes: Find at least 3 memorable quotes that impacted you. Remember to use quotation marks!