Question: In the Feb. 20 episode of ER, what is the name of the book referred to about the little Japanese girl with cancer who thought a thousand paper cranes would grant her a wish? Amanda L., Falmouth, Mass.
Televisionary: I can't say exactly since I don't believe he named the book, but I'm betting it was Eleanor Coerr's Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. The children's classic relates the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who survived the Hiroshima blast but was stricken at the age of 11 with leukemia (known locally as "the atom bomb disease"). Following the folk legend that the gods would grant a wish to whoever folded a thousand cranes, Sadako set about trying to reach that goal. Her story inspired memorial statues in Hiroshima and Seattle, and the book was made into a video narrated by Liv Ullmann. (You can read more about the video and the Sadako Film Project here.)