In grade five we read a book called Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. It was a true story of a girl who lived when the atomic bombs got dropped in WWII. She developed leukemia and while she was in the hospital she started folding paper cranes. In Japanese folk-lore a person who folded a thousand paper cranes would get a wish. Her wish was to live. Unfortunately she didnt live to fold all 1,000 cranes she only got to six hundred and forty four before she died. But her family and friends folded the rest and buried her with all one thousand cranes.
Today I made my mom a crane-mobile 🙂 I folded her five paper cranes and strung them from each other. I didnt think that my mom would want a thousand paper birds in her room so I only folded five.