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15. 07. 26
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The first review for Dolls of Hope, by a reviewer for Kirkus, is gratifying. Here's part of the excerpt Amazon is running under the book's cover for preorders:  Chiyo's struggle to live up to societal and gender-based expectations while also following her heart feels genuine and cheer-worthy. She questions the norm while respecting tradition, no matter how seemingly unfair. ... The message of friendship and peace between nations endures, while a small-town girl's honor is redefined.

The reviewer points out, however, that there is no satisfying resolution between Chiyo and the girl who bullies her relentlessly, leading me to wonder if every villain in a novel for ages 8 to 12 must be reformed by the end.

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15. 07. 26
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This is so neat! A Thai publisher has purchased translation rights to Bears on Chairs. A bilingual edition is planned, with the book in both Thai and English. Can't wait to see it!

This follows translation rights sold to a German publisher and to a publisher in Finland who is publishing in four Scandinavian languages: Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.

The bears have received a wonderful welcome by Japanese readers where BEARS ON CHAIRS was the 9th most favorite picture book during the year it was first published. Japanese companies have even produced plush bears, bears on teacher's smocks, on stationery and on many other items.

I love knowing the little bears are enjoyed by children in so many countries!