Paper crane is the most popular form of origami (meaning oru “folding, and kami “paper”). The crane is known as a mystical or holy creature and believed to live for a thousand years (this is the reason 1000 cranes are made, one for each year.). A Japanese tradition is believed that if you fold 1000 origami cranes, you receive one chance to make one special wish from the gods. A thousand paper cranes are often given to a person who is seriously ill, to wish for their recovery. Thousand and one is folded for special occasions and the extra crane is good luck! The crane is a strong symbol for success, good fortune, happiness and longevity. The Japanese refer to the crane as a “bird of happiness.”
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr. Is about a story of a 12 year old girl Sadako who battles leukemia, the after effect of the atom bomb. Sadako irrepressible spirit and bravery is an inspiration to so many since 1977. Sadako remembers a Japanese legend, that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant one wish and make one healthy again.
Lissy’s Friends by Grace Lin. Lissy was the new girl at school. She was alone and felt she was left out. One day at lunch, having extra time. Since she had no one to talk to. She chose to fold a paper crane. One day the wind takes her crane in flight. Lissy is sad thinking she is alone again but then from behind she hears a voice. Will be a new friend for both girls?