Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Someone called asking about Eleanor Coerr's Sadako and the Thousand Paper Crane. Sorry, but we don't carry any inventory of such books.

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You can try ordering from Amazon, though. Just remember that when the book arrives in the Post Office, don't agree to pay any VAT. I'm not a lawyer, but those books for personal and educational use should not be subject to VAT. Anyway, given the lost cost of the book (less than $20), you shouldn't have any trouble with the local post office.

It will be delivered as a parcel, though, so you'll need to pick it up. If you live in Quezon City, the parcel will most likely be available for pick-up at the Araneta Center post office. Just wait for the postal notice.

I remember my dad teaching me how to fold paper cranes. It requires quite a bit of preparation, because you have to make all these boring pre-folds.

I was impatient at the time, wanting to see the paper crane's shape right away. Instead, all I initially saw were meaningless and repetitive folds. The origami diagrams were a bit confusing with all those solid lines and dashes. Maybe I'll post a video here in the future. We'll see.

Anyway, after making all those preparatory folds, I found it easy to create the basic shape for the body of the paper crane. Once the body was ready, creating the head and tail were easy to do.

What does folding a paper crane teach a child? Patience and the willingness to delay self-gratification. If you've ever tried folding ONE paper crane, try a hundred. It will help you appreciate Coerr's story more.

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[ First posted on 01/10/2005 by Manuel Viloria ]

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