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Toto-Chan: The Girl in The Window-An Inspiring Book about The Childhood

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!

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3 responses to “Toto-Chan: The Girl in The Window-An Inspiring Book about The Childhood

  1. Evita, thanks so much for sharing this memoir book for me.
    We are learning memoir in our writer’s workshop at this moment, my kids must love this book which extraordinary school made Tetsuko a lovely memory. And it will help kids in ideas that how to write a “big moment” in their life too.

  2. Evita,
    I have not heard of this story but thanks so much for sharing it. I appreciate when books have so much depth. It seems as if this book will inspire adults and children. What grade level is this book?

  3. Hi Flo and Vanilla,

    This book is actually suitable for us as a teacher or parents. It told us about how the world will be seen from Toto-Chan, the little girl’s point of view. It described beautifully here how Toto-Chan see the world differently from the view of the girl with special needs.

    After I read this book, my eyes was open wide to be more empathy and understanding to the children with the special need. How their deepest desire is just love and understanding.

    I hope you all will have a chance to read this book someday.
    Happy reading!

    Evita Kartikasari

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