Yesterday I received my Christmas in June package from Amazon! I was so excited to open it up and start reading and listening right away. I read through the introduction to Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day so I could have an idea for the science of making beautiful bread and the equipment I would need. This morning I popped my coveted Yo Yo Ma CD in my car to listen on the way to BYU. Then I brought my new Totto-Chan book with me to work, just in case I wanted to start reading during my lunch hour.
Then this morning I read that Railroad Classrooms, the blog I started following about education and the reason why I bought my Christmas in June, is having a book giveaway for Totto-Chan. Dang! I just missed an opportunity for a free book. But then I thought, "Hey! Maybe someone else wants to read it too." So here's your chance! Visit The Railroad Classrooms blog and leave a comment, or follow and you will be entered for a chance to read this book with me.
Here's the book synopsis, taken from Amazon.com:
"This engaging series of childhood recollections tells 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.
In real life, the Totto-chan of the book has become one of Japan's most popular television personalities--Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. She attributes her success in life to this wonderful school and its headmaster.
The charm of this account has won the hearts of millions of people of all ages and made this book a runaway bestseller in Japan, with sales hitting the 4.5 million mark in its first year."