Dear Diary Boy An Exacting Mother, her Free-spirited Son, and Their Bittersweet Adventures in an Elite Japanese School By Kumiko Makihara
When her five-year-old son passed the rigorous entrance exams to one of Japan's top private elementary schools, Makihara, a single mother, thought they were on their way. Taro would wear the historic dark blue uniform and learn alongside other little Einsteins while she basked in the glory of his high achievements with the other perfect moms. Together they would climb the rungs into the country's successful elite. But it didn't turn out that way. Taro had other things in mind. While set in Japan, their struggles in the school's hyper-competitive environment mirror those faced by parents here in the US and raise the same questions about the best way to educate a child—especially one that doesn’t quite fit the mold. Public or private? Competitive or nurturing? Standardized or individualized. Helicopter parenting or free-range? Amid this frenzied debate, how does one find balance and maintain a healthy parent-child relationship? Dear Diary Boy is an intensely personal, heartwarming, and heartbreaking chronicle of one mother and child's experience in a prestigious private Tokyo school. It's a tale that will resonate with all parents as we try to answer the age-old questions of how best to educate our children and what, truly, is in their best interests versus what is in our own.
TitleDear Diary Boy
SubtitleAn Exacting Mother, her Free-spirited Son, and Their Bittersweet Adventures in an Elite Japanese School
AuthorBy Kumiko Makihara
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published17 July 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
"To straddle two cultures is to feel always, to some extent, a stranger; add in the strange country of motherhood, and things become even more difficult. Kumiko Makihara's memoir--anguished, defiant, joyful, and unflinchingly honest--is difficult to read but harder to put down. In our increasingly hybrid global culture, it is an important story." --Janice P. Nimura, author of Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back
ISBNs: 9781628728903 978-1-62872-890-3 Title: dear diary boy category:EDU ISBNs: 9781628728927 978-1-62872-892-7 Title: dear diary boy category:EDU 
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