CASE & COVER TEXT ILLUSTRATION

@The aim of the publication of this book was to create a book of play scripts for children so that they can perform plays for family and friends. The plays were actually performed in cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. The book is evaluated as having played an important part in the movement of performance by children.
@Tsubouchi Shôyô, a novelist, dramatist, and translator of Shakespeare's works, advocated pageant drama in 1920. After suffering a setback, he concentrated his attention on drama for children. He let schoolchildren perform in 1922 and published many books on drama for children. He tried to bring art into the home with drama for children.
@Twenty-two works contained in the book can be classified into three categories: (1) foreign fables (such as Aesop's), myth and fairy tales ("Inaka no Nezumi to Tokyo no Nezumi" ["Country Mouse and Tokyo Mouse"], "Sawaruto Kin" ["The Golden Touch"], etc.); (2) dramatization of Japanese myth ("Orochi Taiji" ["Slaying of the Eight-Headed Monster Serpent"], "Ryûgû" ["The Palace of the Dragon King"]); (3) original works ("Oyasuzume to Kosuzume" ["The Sparrow Family"], in which baby sparrows first succeed to fly, etc).
@Tsubouchi formed the dramas in kabuki style. Although some aspects of the dramatization were valued, using kabuki as the main activity of the performance received criticism. A reprint of the first edition was published by Holp Shuppan in 1974.