Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing gave me a copy of these products free of charge. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. They also sent me a copy to giveaway! As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.
Did you know Thursday, October 9th is World Sight Day? "World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment." (Source) This year's call to action is "No More Avoidable Blindness".
To celebrate World Sight Day, Tuttle Publishing asked me if I would be interested in reviewing a picture book about a blind girl and how she saves her village and they offered to send me one to giveaway. I of course said yes! So today we review Yuko-Chan and the Daruma Doll by Sunny Seki.
This story takes place in Takasaki, Japan. Yuko-Chan is a blind orphan who lives at the Daruma Temple. It takes place when Mount Asama erupted around two hundred years ago. The story tells how a young blind girl overcomes her own challenges to help the entire village survive the natural disaster. It is a wonderful fictional story that explains a way the Daruma dolls and their customs came about.
Source: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
|Source: By Brücke-Osteuropa (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons|
Some other Daruma Doll crafts we found are:
- Dharma Doll at Cannon
- Dharma (Daruma) Doll from CD at DLTK
- Paper Mache Daruma Doll at Cristy Burne
- My Multicultural Pinterest Board (I pinned a few things about these interesting dolls)
For more posts about Japanese culture and book reviews check out any of the posts here.
Now it is time for the giveaway!! Tuttle Publishing sent me two copies of this great book so I could send one to one of my wonderful readers!! Follow My Giveaway Rules. I will send it worldwide!! To enter just follow the Rafflecopter!! Good luck!! Oh, and I'll have another giveaway tomorrow as well!!