Anna's Kokeshi Dolls (9784805317501)

Current Stock:
Tuttle Publishing
Hardcover, Jacketed
Date Published:
watercolor illustrations; Online Audio of stories told in English and Japanese
Number of Pages:
Trim Size:
9 X 9

One kokeshi, two kokeshi, three kokeshi, four….

Anna is a Japanese-American girl whose grandparents live in Japan. They have been sending her adorable Kokeshi dolls made of painted wood each year for her birthday since she was very small. The dolls, like people, are all different— and beautiful!

In this charming children's book by award-winning author Tracy Gallup, we watch Anna grow up as her Kokeshi collection grows bigger, and we see how these dolls bring Anna and her grandparents closer together as the years pass.

Part counting book, part visual narrative, this beautifully-illustrated bilingual picture book shows how simple objects can serve as a bridge between people and cultures on opposite sides of the globe. It also introduces these beautiful dolls and the ways in which they are formed and painted.

The story is in Japanese and English, with a free audio recording available online.

A note at the end gently explains the history of Kokeshi dolls and why they are made the way they are.

About the Author:
Tracy Gallup is a children's book author (A Roomful of Questions; A Crazy Little Series; Paint the Night) and illustrator (A Beastly Banquet) and maker of whimsical doll figures. She is the illustrator of the award-winning My First Book of Haiku Poems. Visit her website at