One Thousand Paper Cranes

Updated: Jul 23, 2021

Japanese tradition holds that if a person folds 1,000 cranes within one year, that person will get one wish.

I first learned about this tradition by reading "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes", in third grade. It is a true story about a little girl who becomes sick with radiation poisoning because of the events of WWII.

Spoiler Alert!!!

In the book she dies before she is able to finish folding the cranes and make her wish to be free of illness. I remember as a little girl thinking that I wish I could have been there to help her finish folding and wondering what would have happened to her if she was able to make her wish.

My first year teaching, I read the book for the second time with some of my third graders. Again I had the same feeling and wondering, and decided that someday; I would complete 1,000 cranes, make a wish, and see if it comes true!

At the beginning of the pandemic I decided to begin this project, and after about 9 months I was finished folding! It was not easy, but definitely rewarding to know I could stick to my commitment to finish even though I wanted to quit several times. It was amazing to see how big they are all together! I will let you all know if my wish does come true and perhaps you can make 1,000 cranes too.

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