Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a heartbreaking story about a young girl who attempts to fulfill the legend of folding one thousand paper cranes to make her well again. It is a story of hope and perseverance.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes received a score of 630L on the Lexile scale making it suitable for most end year third graders. This would be a good story to teach about Hiroshima and the disaster it faced when a bomb destroyed it during WWII. It could be used as a continuation of a history lesson, and students can write letters to Sadako and fold them into paper cranes.