Toto-Chan, the little girl at the window

Do you have forever favorite book? One that you wanna read it never ending and wanna keep it on the shelves as your treasure. Not exaggerated, I do have one.

Toto-Chan, little girl at the window

Toto-Chan was a little Japanese girl living around pre or mid WW II in a middle class family.

The story started when the little girl was asked to remove from her first grade school becuz “her behavior bothers other students study,” said the despaired teacher.

So her mother had to find another school for her and what she worried about was not her child weird behavior but the school to suit her child. There were plenty of standardized schools in the country. But Toto-Chan was not a standardized student. She loved nature, loved animal, loved socializing, and loved life out side the window of classroom. Her wise mother knew it. And later she could find out a small school, out in Japan, where each student can choose its favorite class, shuffle daily time table, plus a small sight-seeing out side school if you finished all classes early.  And the school’s library was in old trains.

It was wonderful school for her. But not many students’s studying in this school becuz, surely, it was weird school for most parents. Indeed, the school president policy was not to object children nature, but to observe their nature and secretly try to help them learn about knowledge courses, nature, socializing and figure out what they really like since they was young. And the school was fun for children. I would love to study in this school as well (If there were a chance)

This is very nice way of education for the little child. Toto-Chan studied  in  the weird school, plus her mother understanding ; finally she became a Japanese successful super star, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi who wrote the story “Toto-Chan, the little girl at the window,” the semi autobiography of her life, first published in Japan in 1981.

Firs time I read this book was in 2003, almost 5 years ago. I found it out in my older cousin’s books piled in her room and read it 4 times. It was wonderful story; its lively illustration by Chihiro Iwasaki as well. 

After getting into the university, I never found this book anywhere else, or indeed as my hard studying, I never had a chance to care for it.

Until now though the story is still in my head, I don’t own the book myself. This book is hard to find in modern book stores, even in the National Book Fair, I couldn’t find it. Tonight it pops up in my head. I wanna read it again; wanna keep it as my forever treasure. If you see it somewhere, please tell me……I’ll luv you everlasting….. (hehe)

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Though not passionate as in the book, it can help you know Toto-Chan more

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totto-chan,_the_Little_Girl_at_the_Window

 

 

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