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@Hamada's first collection of stories and verses for children. This book supported the flourishing of stories and verses for children in Taisho era. Many stories in this volume first appeared in the magazine, Ryôyû [Good Friends], which Hamada edited for a short time. Hamada intended to include poetic feelings and thoughts on life in these stories.
@The story of "Mukurodi no Yume" is as follows; a chick of a gray starling lives in a hollow in a tree with his father. His mother is dead, but he doesn't know that. He is waiting for her to return. One night, he hears a rustle of leaves, and takes it for the flutter of his mother. Next morning, he finds a solitary leaf on a branch, which made the sound. He ties it to the branch so that it will not blow away in a strong wind. That night, he dreams of his mother's return. "Hanabira no Tabi" ["A Journey of a Petal"] is the life story of a petal, which falls from a branch, into a river, and goes to the sea. Both stories were regarded not only as Hamada's best work but as representative of Japanese short stories for young children.
@Judging from its beautiful binding, this book was not intended not only for young children but for older children as well. This was intended to be the first volume of Hirosuke Dôwa Zenshû [Complete Works for Children by Hamada Hirosuke] in ten volumes, but no more volumes were published. A reprint was published by the Museum of Modern Japanese Literature in 1969.