I am so lucky to have nice pals -- some I haven't even met yet -- in the kids' publishing world. One of them is Lillian who emailed me this morning to ask if I knew of Mitsu Takami. And I do! Mitsu and Mary Calvert posed together with their dolls way back in 1927 and that photo made the front cover of a book I treasure, Dolls of Friendship: The Story of a Goodwill Project Between the Children of America and Japan (I own the second edition), written by Dr. Sidney L. Gulick. This is the book that helped focus my research for my newly released The Friendship Doll.
Though I truly don't know Mitsu, I have studied her sweet 8-year-old face so often, I feel as if I do know her a bit. Such delightful book world serendipities are the icing on the cookie of my writing life.