Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll, a gorgeous multicultural children's book by author/illustrator Sunny Seki, takes readers on a journey into ancient Japan and the story behind the famous Daruma doll. .
Yuko-chan, an adventurous blind orphan, is able to do amazing things. She confronts a burglar in the dead of night, and crosses treacherous mountain passes to deliver food to hungry people. During her travels, Yuko-chan trips and tumbles down a snowy cliff. She discovers a strange thing as she waits for help: her tea gourd, regardless of how she drops it, always lands right-side-up. The tea has frozen in the bottom of the gourd! Inspired by this, she creates the famous Daruma doll toy, which rights itself when tipped—a true symbol of resilience.
Thanks to Yuko-chan's invention, the villagers are able to earn a living and feed themselves by selling the dolls. Yuko-chan never gives up, no matter the obstacles she faces, and that is how the Daruma doll became a charming reminder of the power of perseverance.
To create this folktale, author/illustrator Sunny Seki conducted extensive research, and visited the famous Daruma Temple in Gunma-ken, interviewing monks and artisans to get the most accurate information.
With bilingual English/Japanese text, this book is especially valuable to bicultural families and people who are learning to read and write Japanese.
In 2012 Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll was awarded the Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award, and also the Spirit of PaperTigers Book Set Award.
For international shipping rates, please contact us.