It looks like our guests took this
picture back home in Japan, but they are really in Brooklyn, New York,
USA. They were surprised that we have such a beautiful Japanese garden
just one block from our school at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. We
took them there to show them the cherry blossoms that were blooming in
Our guests are all in New York City studying at Columbia University and they came to visit us from the Global Classroom program at Metro International. We invited them because we have been studying about Japan. I used to think that Japan and the United States were always friendly, but I learned that we were enemies in World War II. It was very harsh. Both sides did terrible things. Japan bombed our navy at Pearl Harbor in a sneak attack. We dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was the most destructive weapon ever created.
Innocent people are still dying today because of radiation sickness from the atom bombs. We read about a girl named Sadako. She got leukemia. It is a cancer of the blood.
She was on the track team. One day when she was running she felt tired. I think that's when she realized that she had radiation sickness because she used to be the fastest runner at her school. She didn't whine about it. She was very brave. She just wished she could still be a normal child.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
By Eleanor Carr
Bantam Books, 1977
By Lawrence Yep
Apple Books, 1996
Linked Web Sites
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Global Classroom, Metro
A Thousand Cranes
Mr. Greenberg, Teacher
Public School 241
976 President Street
Brooklyn, New York 11225 USA