I read this story (by Tetsuko Kuroyanagy) quite long ago and now I'm rereading it. It's really a great story about childhood. I wished to be studied in a school like Totto Chan's - an old rail cars, where children were inspired to explore everything in their own world, learn everything they were curious about...They even were encouraged to play, have joy and show their feelings. The world of Totto Chan is so pure, innocent and colourful. I extremely like her head master, who made Totto Chan's dreams and her classmates' come true. Reading the story again, I've found something precious and special in childhood which I thought to be lost.
Though I haven't found any free web of the story but the following is a very nice article writing about the story, or more exactly, about the greatest way to educate children. I bet it's worth reading.
Children - their dreams are larger than ours