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September 01, 2003

Harry Still Has the Magic

A recent survey by toymaker Bandai found that the Harry Potter series are still the most popular books among Japanese elementary school students. Though it only ranked 4th among the younger students, who prefer cartoon hero Anpanman, it easily topped the overall rankings of 2,000 six to 12 year-olds. Other familiar titles included a couple of classic picture books that have been around since the 1960s: the "Guri & Gura" series (4th) and Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (6th).

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