CASE & COVER TEXT ILLUSTRATION

@The first collection of stories for children by Tsukahara Kenjirô, who advocated children's stories on collectivism. Fourteen stories written from 1926 to 1937 were included. They can be divided into three groups: ones like "Nanakai no Kodomo Tachi," which describe children's interaction in everyday life; ones like "Machi ni Deta Hato" ["A Pigeon That Went to a Town"], which deal with the fantastic meeting of human beings and animals or dolls; ones like "Futari no Jiisan" ["Two Old Men"], whose theme is the strong bound among people or between a person and an animal or a doll (a beekeeper and bees, for example).
@In the title piece, "Nanakai no Kodomo Tachi," children living on the seventh floor of an apartment cooperate to help an elevator boy named Pooru, who is an orphan and is thought little of by the adults in the apartment. The children voluntarily have a meeting to discuss what they can do for him, and make a resolution. This story well shows Tsukahara's ideal children who help each other beyond the difference of rich and poor. It also shows the conflicts between children and adults, egoism, solitude, and so on.
@Tsukahara first wrote for Akai Tori [Red Bird], but in 1931, he left Akai Tori and began writing realistic stories. This collection shows the transition of his style. A reprint of the original edition was published by Holp Shuppan in 1971.