Totto-Chan: The Little Girl At The Window

Totto-chan The Little Girl At The WindowJapan’s most popular television personality, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, reflects upon her childhood growing up in Japan during World War II. “Totto-chan”, as the author is called in the novel, after she is expelled from her elementary in the first grade chooses to attend Tomoe Gakuen. Headmaster Sosaku Kobayashi’s elementary school, which has old train cars for classrooms, is considered unusual, but it is the perfect school for Totto-chan. The headmaster’s pedagogy is that children should be able to freely express their thoughts and choose what they would like to learn. Brilliantly written text will have readers laughing, crying, and cheering for Totto-chan. The book features softly beautiful illustrations by the late picture book illustrator Chihiro Iwasaki, a postscript from the author, an epilogue explaining where Totto-chan’s classmates are now, and notes which translate some words into Japanese characters. ema
Title: Totto-Chan: The Little Girl At The Window
Author: Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
Illustrator: Chihiro Iwasaki
Publisher
: Kodansha USA
Copyright: 2011
Original Language
: Japanese
Translator
: Dorothy Britton
Original Title: Madogiwa no Totto-chan
Original Publisher: Kodansha  Ltd.
Original Copyright: 1981
ISBN: 978-1-56836-391-2
Paperback pages: 229
Age range: 9 up
Genre: Historical Nonfiction, Memoir
Book setting: Japan during WWII
Author’s ethnicity: Japanese
Author’s residence: Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence: Died on August 8, 1974
Awards: Non-Fiction Prize
Subjects: Biography, Elementary schools, Nontraditional schools, Tomoe Gakuen, TV personalities

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