Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll by Sunny Seki
The Adventures of a Blind Japanese Girl Who Saves Her Village

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**2012 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award Winner!**

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 gave up, no matter the obstacles she faced, and the Daruma doll is a charming reminder of the power of perseverance.

About Sunny Seki

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Sunny Seki is the award-winning author and illustrator of The Last Kappa of Old Japan and The Tale of the Lucky Cat. A native of Japan, Sunny studied illustration at Pasadena Art Center of Design. Sunny, his wife Judy and their nine children live in San Gabriel, CA.
Published July 3, 2012 by Tuttle Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Shown with closed eyes, tapping along with a cane, she may be perceived as a bit of a caricature.) Lost in the snow one winter day, she realizes that the tea frozen in the bottom of her tea gourd makes the gourd reorient itself when it’s knocked over, reminding her of the Buddhist teacher Daru...

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You’re handicapped aren’t you?” Yuko-chan regularly listened to the Buddha’s teachings and was inspired by the message, “If you fall seven times, you must pick yourself up eight times!

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Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll is about an orphaned blind girl who lived at the Daruma Temple.

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