Putnam Juvenile (1993)
Reviewed by Madeline McElroy (age 7) for Reader Views (9/08)
I thought this was a really fun book to read because there are so many new words to learn and so many things I never knew about before. I learned about Hiroshima and the big bomb; that was sad. This was not a boring book to me. I think other kids would like reading about Sadako’s life. This book is kind of sad, but it had a lot of happy times with friends and family. The artwork was really good. I don’t think that I will read this book again.
I loved this book; it brought me to tears. What a moving story in “Sadako” by Eleanor Coerr. Despite the fact that Madeline says that she doesn’t plan on reading this book again, I wouldn’t be surprised if she picked it up again. She was very captivated by the story. I think it is a bit heavy material for younger kids to grasp — bombs, illness and death. She asked me several times why I sounded so sad when it was my turn to read.