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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - marilynsantiago - LibraryThing
Wonderful story of an educator and his small school in Tokyo 1937-1945 and the story of a young girl who thrived there after being expelled from a conventional kindergarten. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EustaciaTan - LibraryThing
I'm not sure why my dad bought me this book., but I'm glad he did. He proved that it is possible for school to be fun, and for students to be intrinsically motivated. Ironically, this book is from ... Read full review
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