Koguma-chan Arigato

Today I would like to introduce a wonderful and heartwarming picture book, “Koguma-chan Arigato” (Koguma-chan,Thank you). This story about the importance of “Thank you” hidden in small everyday moments is perfect for reading to children. This picture book that fosters a spirit of gratitude will be a wonderful book to strengthen family ties.

¥990 (2024/04/08 00:00時点 | Amazon調べ)

Basic Information

  • Title: Koguma-chan Arigato
  • Author: Hisashi Mori, Yoshimi Wada
  • Illustrator: Ken Wakayama
  • Year of Publication: 1972
  • Publisher: Kogumasha
  • Age Range: Toddlers and up


“Koguma-chan Arigato” is a story that gently teaches the meaning of the word “Arigato” (thank you), which is very important for young children. As Kogumachan helps others and helps those in need, the word “Arigato” (thank you) naturally comes out. By reading this picture book, children can learn the importance of expressing gratitude.


The most distinctive feature of this picture book is its simple and warm illustrations and the way it conveys the importance of the word “Thank you” through familiar events that children may encounter in their daily lives. Each expression of Koguma-chan drawn by Ken Wakayama plays a major role in the story. The language is also easy to understand for elementary school students, making it ideal for reading aloud to them.

Discover and Learn

There are many things that children can learn from this picture book, but what is especially important is “consideration” and “gratitude” as a human being. They will learn the meaning of saying “thank you” when someone does something for them, and the joy of doing something for others. By reading this picture book, children will naturally enrich their hearts.

Recommended Readers

This picture book is recommended for children in their infancy. However, its message can resonate with people of all ages. Reading the book to parents and children will provide a good opportunity to rediscover the importance of “thank you” together.


“Koguma-chan Arigato” is a picture book that helps children learn the word “arigato” (thank you), which is very important for them, in a natural way. Ken Wakayama’s gentle pictures and the heartwarming story convey kindness and gratitude to all who read it. Why don’t you read this book together with your family and nurture a heart that values “Thank you” in your daily life?


I am a mother of one child with a love of picture books! The time I spend reading picture books with my child is a treasure for me. In this blog, I introduce picture books that have left a deep impression on me and share the charm of stories that nurture children's imagination and sensitivity, and also inspire us adults to learn and be moved by them. I aim to create a place where readers can connect and empathize with each other through picture books. Thank you!

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