Sadako Sasaki was a young girl of twelve when she developed leukemia caused by exposure to the atom bomb dropped on her city of Hiroshima, Japan at the end of WWII. While in the hospital, Sadako learned to fold origami cranes and believed that folding the cranes might lead to the granting of a wish. A loving and compassionate child, Sadako’s life inspired her classmates to create a memorial in her honor, to remember all the children impacted by the war.

The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki, co-written by Masahiro Sasaki, Sadako’s older brother, and Sue DiCicco, founder of the Peace Crane Project, is designed for students and adults wanting to read a first-hand account of war, and the resilience and determination of those at the epicenter of the target of the first nuclear bomb used in warfare.

This historically accurate retelling of Sadako’s life brings her complete story to English readers for the first time.


Now, we have the full story of the courage and selflessness of the entire Sasaki family, their friends and the people of Hiroshima.

Clifton Truman Daniel, Grandson of President Harry S. Truman

‘The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki’ reminds us of our essential goodness and belongs in libraries, classrooms, and homes everywhere.

Dr. Dororthy J. Maver, President, National Peace Academy

When children make a crane it gives them a personal connection to a tragedy that they might otherwise not grasp because its horrific dimensions surpass normal imagination.

Jonathan Granoff, President, Global Security Institute

The book was written to inform young readers of Sadako’s struggle and to inspire them to take action for peace.

Dr. David Krieger, Founder, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

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