Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll: The Adventures of a Blind Japanese Girl Who Saves Her Village
Hardback | Feb 2012 | Tuttle Publishing | 9784805311875 | 32pp | Temporarily unavailable | GEN | AUD$22.99
Retells the story about Yuko-chan, a little blind orphan-girl who demonstrates optimism and a spirit of survival throughout her adventures. Yuko-chan created the famous Daruma doll (a toy that arights itself no matter how many times it is tipped), upon seeing a real Daruma doll, readers will feel connected to the spirit it represents; a true symbol of resilience to never give up, no matter the obstacles.
"Seki tells us not only a beautiful story, but on every page he has richly painted images of Yuko-Chan, her Daruma Dolls, and her village that bring the words—both in English and in Japanese—to life." —Story Circle Book Reviews
"It's a lovely book that is wonderful to read again and again. It teaches wonderful lessons about being resourceful and brave. It is well told and entertaining. I love the positive story, the beautiful illustrations, and the introduction to some aspects of Japanese culture. At the end of the book there is a list of cultural notes that defines Daruma, Daruma Doll, the Daruma Doll Festival, Daruma Games, and Gourds." —The Picture Book Review