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Totto-Chan, The Little Girl at the Window

An autobiographical memoir written by Japanese television personality and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador - Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. It is an engaging series of childhood recollections about an ideal school in Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love. This unusual school had old railroad cars for classrooms, and it was run by an extraordinary man- its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi--who was a firm believer in freedom of expression and activity. He nurtured all children in his school with deep love, making sure they discover their unique passion and thrive in it. 

This is not just a book about schooling, but also about parenting and nurturing.