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Eiko Kadono

Eiko Kadono 角野栄子

Eiko Kadono (1935–)  was born in Tokyo. She moved to Brazil for two years when she was 25, and wrote her maiden work, Ruijinnyo shōnen, Burajiru o tazunete (Brazil and My Friend Luizinho), a nonfictional story about a boy who loves to dance the samba, based on her experiences there. Seven years after its release she began writing and publishing children’s stories. Among the many accolades she has received are the Robō-no-Ishi Literary Award in 1984 for Watashi no mama wa Shizuka-san (My Mama is Shizuka) and Zubon senchō-san no hanashi (Tales of an Old Sea Captain). She won the Noma Prize for Children’s Literature, the Shogakukan Children’s Publication Culture Award, and a place on the IBBY Honor List in 1985 for Majo no takkyūbin (tr. Kiki’s Delivery Service), which was adapted into a wildly popular animated film by renowned director Hayao Miyazaki.

Books by Eiko Kadono
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    Last Run

    At 74, Iko Yamano is unattached and independent; she lives as she pleases in Tokyo. One day she gets to thinking about things she has left undone in her life. A longtime biker, she let herself be persuaded to give up the hobby five years ago, but now deci …

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    A Girl Named Nada

    Ariko, 15, lives with her father Naoki in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One day she goes by herself to see the Manoel de Oliveira film Voyage to the Beginning of the World, and meets an unusual girl named Nada, with wild red hair and different colored eyes?one …

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    Little Miss Apple

    One day Mai receives a present from her grandma of a great number of apples and a handmade stuffed doll named Little Miss Apple. But Little Miss Apple has an angry look on her face, and Mai doesn't like her. When Mai's friend Haru comes over to play, thou …

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    Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's father is an ordinary man but her mother is a witch, making her half-human, half-witch. She decides to affirm the witch side of her heritage, and following the custom for witches, leaves home at the age of 13, taking her black cat Jiji with her. Th …

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    Hiro and the Tigerbed

    Hiro's little sister Ai is just one year old. Mommy and Daddy are always picking her up and holding her in their arms, while Hiro has to be satisfied with less attention than she used to get. Jealous and frustrated, she draws a picture of a ferocious tige …

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    Tales of an Old Sea Captain

    Ken, an asthmatic gradeschooler, goes to spend the summer with his mother in a rented cottage on the coast. There he meets an elderly sea captain and his cat, who move into a cottage up the hill. Drawn by the old sailor's whistling, Ken stops in for a vis …

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    Thank You, Dr. Bear

    Just when Ken is really excited about going fishing with his cousin the following day, he gets a cough and his temperature starts rising. Worried that he might not be allowed to go fishing after all, he insists that he's not sick, but his mother knows bet …

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    Bicycles, Creak Creak

    Two new bicycles are delivered from the store. The larger one is for Little Pink, the smaller one for her dog Bonbon. Pink and Bonbon start out on a ride. Their bicycles make creaking noises as they pedal along the road headed into town. They enjoy being …

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