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A picture book released 37 years ago in Japan that sold 700,000 copies has found a new life ahead of the Beijing Paralympics, presenting one of the authors a timely opportunity to show her support for para athletes.

Akiko Nobe wrote “Sacchan no maho no te” (Sacchan’s Magic Hand), a multi-author work published in 1985 that depicts a little girl without fingers on her right hand coming to terms with her disability and physical differences.

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