Toto-Chan: The Girl in The Window, actually is a memoir by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi about her own childhood, mostly about her days as a student at a unique school called Tomoe Gakuen. Tomoe is a school for ‘special children’. Totto-Chan was taken there by her mother because she was expelled from her first school in the first grade itself, for being a distraction to the rest of the class.
Tomoe was an extraordinary school, with the classrooms made of old railroad cars that are no longer in use. Tomoe also run by an exceptional headmaster, Mr. Kobayashi, who run the school with all his passion and wisdom in early childhood education.
I read this book long time ago even before I had my own children. This book is still the inspiration to me until now especially in my understanding of the children with special need.
With the setting in Japan, this book was presented amazingly from the little girl’s point of view. Take time to read this book, and your heart will be touched!