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Totto-chan by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
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May 07, 08

bookshelves: literature, education
Recommended to Tony by: Manabu Yoshinaga
Recommended for: everyone
Read in January, 2003

A beautiful inspiring book about just how much people can do even while living in a militaristic dictatorship.
It is the story of one man's dream to build a hmanistic school in the middle of Japan about to go to war. Assuming it is all true, this should humble the cynic in anyone. the story is seen through the eyes of one of his students who is maybe 5 years old when it starts. It is so engagingly written from a child's perspective that the immensity of what was accomplished at the school better make your eyes well up at points!

this was given to me by my girlfriend, Manabu, and I will always treasure this and her attempts to make the world a better place
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