Journey of the Crane

By Alene S. Sen

  • Proposed initial format: illustrated 10” X 10” hardcover
  • Manuscript delivery date: Available Now
  • 450 words
  • Target ages – 3 to 7 years
  • Illustrator – TBC
  • All rights currently available

Japanese legend claims if a person folds 1,000 paper cranes, their wish will come true.  

Sadako Sasaki was a young girl who developed leukemia after surviving the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II. It was Sadako’s wish to be healed from her illness. She also wished for world unity and peace.  But, Sadako died before her wish could come true. Her story of courage has made the paper crane an international symbol of hope and peace. 

To celebrate and commemorate Sadako’s dream for the United Nations Day of Peace, a local community project launched by youth was created called Project Paper Cranes. Its goal was to fold 1,000 paper cranes for peace and to have them delivered to Hiroshima, Japan. 

After months and countless hours, more than 1,300 paper cranes were folded by students, community members, and volunteers. The exciting response from the public surpassed all expectations. With the help and support of community organizations in Japan, the cranes journeyed across the ocean. They were hand delivered to the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan. 

Today, the 1,300 paper cranes hang in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors in one of the many glass containers surrounding Sadako’s statue. Through global friendship and collective unity, the cranes found their way home. 

Hope and peace are beautiful things, and they come in the form of paper cranes. Celebrate diversity and friendship by making a crane today. 


Alene holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, specializing in television, film, and radio broadcasting. When Alene is not writing, she advocates for literacy and creates library programs for her community through storytelling, drama, and the visual arts. 

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