Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window
This engaging series of childhood recollections tells about an ideal school in Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love. This unusual school had old railroad cars for classrooms, and it was run by an extraordinary man-its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi-who was a firm believer in freedom of expression and activity.
In real life, the Totto-chan of the book has become one of Japan's most popular television personalities-Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. She attributes her success in life to this wonderful school and its headmaster.
The charm of this account has won the hearts of millions of people of all ages and made this book a runaway bestseller in Japan, with sales hitting the 4.5 million mark in its first year.
"[Totto-chan] is a quiet indictment of sterile education."
—New York Times
"Sensitively written, delicately illustrated, poetically translated, Totto-chan is, like a haiku, filled with aesthetic and philosophical depth."
"[Totto-chan] has reminded millions of Japanese what children think education should be."
—International Herald Tribune
"Totto-chan can be expected to attract American educators, parents, and perhaps some children who appreciate the international view beyond their own first-floor window."
—Christian Science Monitor
- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha USA; 1997 edition (May 15, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4770020678
- ISBN-13: 978-4770020673
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.9 x 4.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
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