Sadako by Eleanor Coerr and Ed Young, 1993 edition.


Written by Eleanor Coerr. Illustrated by Ed Young. Sixth printing, 1993. G. P. Putnam's Sons. New York.

Front Flap

"A Japanese legend holds that if a person who is ill makes a thousand paper cranes, the gods will grant that person's wish to be well again.

"In her novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr told the moving story of Sadako and her brave struggle against leukemia, the "atom-bomb disease," which she developed when she was twelve, just ten years after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

"The novel became a classic, and when Sadako's story was to be made into a film, Caldecott medalist Ed Young was asked to the illustrations. With love and commitment, he created nearly three hundred hauntingly beautiful pastels..."

Eleanor Coerr (1922 - 2010) was a Canadian-born American writer of children's books, best known for her historical fiction novel Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. She grew up in Saskatoon, where she developed a fascination with Japan and its culture. She became a journalist and travelled to Japan in 1949 to report on the postwar conditions. She lived with a Japanese family, learned the language and visited Hiroshima, where she heard the story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who died of leukemia caused by the atomic bomb. Coerr wrote and illustrated her first book, Circus Day in Japan, in 1953. She married Wymberly DeRenne Coerr, a US diplomat, in 1965 and accompanied him to various countries, including Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil and Ecuador. She continued to write children's books, many of them based on her travels and experiences. She also taught children's literature and creative writing at colleges in California.

Ed Young (1931- ) is a Chinese-born American illustrator, winner of the Caldecott Medal for Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China and Caldecott Honors for The Emperor and the Kite and Seven Blind Mice. He's also received a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor award and was twice nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Young has strived to live up to his father's wish for him:

"A successful life and a happy life is one measured by how much you have accomplished for others and not one measured by how much you have done for yourself."
Visit for more first edition children's books.

Condition: Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light shelf wear with several shallow scratches. Illustrated cover boards. Name on front fly leaf else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • Australia : 1 - 3 business days
  • United States : 1 - 3 business days
  • North America : 1 - 3 business days
  • Europe : 1 - 3 business days
  • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania : 1 - 3 business days
  • Asia Pacific : 1 - 3 business days
  • Latin America and the Caribbean : 1 - 3 business days
  • North Africa and the Middle East : 1 - 3 business days
  • Sub-Saharan Africa : 1 - 3 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery

Privacy policy

* I will not share your personal information with third parties.
* I will contact you only through Etsy or an email address you provide to convey information about your order and news exclusive to The Charmed Bookshop.
* In placing your order, please provide Etsy with an active email address to ensure that I can get in touch with you about your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gift wrapping and packaging

I wrap every book with care and ship it in a padded mailing envelope or sturdy box. If you're purchasing a gift, please advise when ordering and include a gift message.

Care instructions

1. I lightly clean books, as needed, but I don't attempt repairs or restoration. If you'd like a book restored, you'll find trustworthy, qualified experts in your area through libraries or museums.

I also recommend the following care instructions.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works -

2. Photos are cropped and resized to Etsy guidelines but are otherwise unedited. Please contact me if you'd like additional photos of book details.

3. Descriptions of condition are based on guidelines from the Independent Online Booksellers' Association.

Order processing time

I'll process and ship your purchase in 1 - 3 business days, and I'll ship anywhere in the world via any mail or delivery service that Etsy offers. (Please refer to the Shipping section for average shipping turn-around times by region.) If I encounter any delays in processing your order, I will advise you in advance.