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Yōko Sano

Yōko Sano 佐野洋子

Yōko Sano  (1938–2010)  was born in Beijing, China. A writer of many talents, she produced numerous children’s books and was esteemed by adults for her essays as well. Sano traveled to Europe in 1967 and studied lithography in Berlin. In 1973 she published her first picture book,?Sū-chan to neko (Sue and the Cat). She went on to produce various styles of picture books, including Ojisan no kasa (Uncle’s Umbrella), Watashi no bōshi (My Hat; winner of the Kodansha Award for Picture Books), and Nē tōsan (Hey Papa; winner of the Shogakukan Children’s Publication Culture Award). She also produced illustrations for others’ works and translated picture books into Japanese. Her script Jitensha buta ga yatte kita (The Bicycle Pig Is Coming) was used in stage performances for children by the Maru theater company.

Books by Yōko Sano
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    The Child Who Was Born

    A child who chose not to be born has come to this world to observe it. He's not afraid of roaring lions, and mosquito bites don't make him itch. He hasn't been born yet, after all. But one day he sees a little girl who, bitten in the rear end by a dog, ru …

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    The Cat Who Lived One Million Times

    A cat has nine lives, the saying goes, but the cat in this book comes back to life a million times, each time falling under a new person's care. It has been a king's pet, has crossed the seas with a sailor, and has performed on stage with a circus magicia …

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    Hey, Papa

    Mama Bear and Little Bear have been on their own for a while. "How much longer till Papa comes home?" Little Bear asks. "He'll be home when the magnolias bloom," Mama Bear replies. The magnolias bloom and Papa Bear arrives home with a rucksack full of pre …

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    My Hat

    A little girl of about kindergarten age narrates this story. She has a white hat with a red flower on it. Her brother, a year or two older, has a white hat with a blue ribbon around it. They always wear their hats whenever they go out?to catch dragonflies …

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