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Rieko Nakagawa

Rieko Nakagawa 中川李枝子

Rieko Nakagawa (1935–)  was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido. She began writing stories while working as a preschool teacher, and in 1962 published her first storybook, Iyaiya-en (No! No! Nursery School), about a little boy's trials in nursery school; the work won a Sankei Children's Book Award and the Noma Prize for New Writers of Children's Literature, launching her instantly into the ranks of best-selling authors. She has won numerous other prizes, including the Mainichi Publishing Culture Award in 1980 for Koinu no Roku ga yatte kita (A Little Puppy Joins the Family). Many of her titles, including Iyaiya-en, are illustrated by her artist sister Yuriko Omura. Nakagawa's other major works include the Guri and Gura series (tr. 2003?04), The Blue Seed (tr. 2007), and Momoiro no kirin (The Pink Giraffe). She also has a collection of essays entitled Hon, kodomo, ehon (Books, Children, Picture Books), and she wrote the lyrics for the songs Sanpo (Stroll) and Maigo (The Lost Child) in the animated Ghibli feature film My Neighbor Totoro.

Books by Rieko Nakagawa
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    Guri and Gura

    With over four million copies in print, this is one of Japan's best-loved picture books. The field mice Guri and Gura like to cook. One day, when they're out looking for food in the forest, they find an egg that's almost too big for the two of them to hau …

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    The Blue Seed

    A fox sees Yuji playing with his model airplane in a field and is envious. He persuades the boy to trade the plane for a blue seed. Yuji plants the seed and waters it to make it grow, tending it carefully, until soon a blue house appears out of the ground …

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    Tanta's Expedition

    Five-year-old Tanta receives a map on his birthday. He doesn't know who it's from, but he immediately wants to explore the places and things it shows: the Giraffe Pine, Cow's Tail River, Alligator Rock, Bee Meadow, Lion Mountain, and beyond them all, a ju …

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    No! No! Nursery School

    Seven stories relate the adventures of four-year-old Shigeru, who is in the younger of two classes at the Tulip Nursery School. In Churippu Hoiku-en (Tulip Nursery School), Shigeru disobeys 17 of the school's rules and as punishment is given a time-out i …

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    Guri and Gura's Surprise Visitor

    This installment of the hugely popular series of books centering on the adventures of two field mice brothers, Guri and Gura, is their tale of a warm Christmas spent with friends. Guri and Gura are having a snowball fight in the woods when they come upon …

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