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6/8/2017 10:03:32 AM

scoronel
scoronel
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Subject: Book: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
I read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes when I was in elementary school. This book stayed with me till now. This book focuses on the sad trajectory of the main character, Sadako. Sadako was a young girl who was strong in her academics and athletics. She falls ill after running a race at her school. Her weak body could not longer keep up with the demands of a young teenage girl and she ends up in the hospital. Once she was hospitalized, her friend teaches her how to create paper cranes and tells Sadako that if she makes 1,000, her illness will disappear. Eager to meet this goal, Sadako, family and friends help her create paper cranes. However, Sadako's life was cut short and she never 1,000 paper cranes. This story of hope has had a tremendous impact on me; I have often recalled and told this story to my students, which they appreciate. It's an easy book to read and the moral of the story stays with you forever.
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6/21/2017 8:45:52 PM

canderson
canderson
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Subject: Paper Cranes
I agree, this is a great book. You can also use it to introduce symbolism in cultures: butterflies-dream or reality, sunflowers-hope, etc. It might be a kick off on having students find other symbols in either Japan or throughout the different cultures that you need to teach. It could be used as a way to start a service learning project for hospitalized children.
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