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Jan. 8th, 2008 | 09:40 am

I brought in the New Year revisiting one of my favourite books - Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. It's a delightful book, full of warmth and laughter and kindness. It's about a little girl in Japan who is expelled from school because she is considered a nuisance. Thankfully, her mother doesn't give up on her, but finds a school where they would understand her daughter. Totto-chan loves this school...classes in railroad cars, walks to the pond, overnight camps in the assembly hall, hot water spring baths , ghost trails and the lunch break!!! 
Most of all, she loves Sosaku Kobayashi, the friendly headmaster who listened to her for four hours when they met for the first time. And he didn't get bored, or tell her to stop, or laugh at her. He just listened and smiled and enjoyed himself. You'll love this one. And if you've read it already, please share what you thought of it. In India, it's available with Earthcare Books, and it's quite inexpensive. You can also find an online copy in the Books section of the website http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/, under the heading 'Books on Education'.

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Thanks Chintan

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 19th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)

Yes. Totto-chan is a wonderful book! Thank you for introducing me to "The Little Girl at the Window".

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