@ Kawabata Yasunari, a Nobel Prize winner, wrote two kinds of stories for children: those which were not written for, but can be read by children, and those which were intended for child readers. Kawabata said that he wrote stories for children to cure the unhealthiness in his artistic novels.
@This book consists of nine stories, one first appeared in Shônen Kurabu [Boys' Club], and the other eight in Shôjo Kurabu [Girls' Club] from 1929 to 1936. Among them, only "Kyûchô no Tantei" was for boys. The story is as follows: a hard-working boy named Seiichi becomes blind by a sudden accident, and has to leave school. Fumio, a class president, visits Seiichi's house and tells him what they learned at school. One day, some equipment for science experiment at school is broken. Fumio and others wonder who did that. When Fumio goes to Seiichi's house, Seiichi tells Fumio that they might have done a certain experiment on that day. However, the experiment was impossible because of the loss. Fumio wonders why Seiichi knows about the experiment, and suspects that he is responsible. However, it turned out that the schoolmaster is responsible for the loss. The schoolmaster saw Seiichi standing at the window of school building and trying to listen to the teacher's preparation of the experiment. Knowing Seiichi's interest in science, the schoolmaster did the experiment for him, and, after that, he toppled the table by accident and broke the equipment.
@A reprint of the original edition was published by Holp Shuppan in 1974, although Kawabata himself was reluctant for the reprint.