This book just celebrated its 40th anniversary early this year, and it’s been enjoyed by people of all ages. George W. Bush, was asked in a survey to name his favorite book from childhood. He cited Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Trouble is, it wasn’t published until 1969 — the year after he graduated from Yale.

I started to make a list of my favorite books from when I was little. My older sister and I had a big collection of books growing up, because my father was a serious book lover. And a lot of them were western books translated to Japanese.

One of my favorites was “Caps for Sale”. I don’t know how many times I tried to layer on hats & caps and walk around like the peddler in this book. I’ve had so many hats, even as a child.