|@@Aman Kimiko (1931- ) received the First Japanese Association of Writers
for Children Newcomer Prize and Noma Award for Juvenile Literature Honor
Book for her first book Kuruma no Iro wa Sora no Iro, a collection of short stories. Among the stories, gShiroi Bôshih [White Hat] is best known because it has been adopted in elementary school textbooks. Amanfs stories are most frequently adopted in textbooks.|
@@Kuruma no Iro wa Sora no Iro consists of eight stories which are closely related to each other. A taxi driver, Matsui Goro, is the protagonist of the stories. Five of them including gKuma Shinshih [Gentleman Bear] first appeared in the magazine Biwa-no-mi Gakko [School of Loquat Seed]. Three others were previously unpublished.
@@In gChiisana Okyaku-sanh [Little Customers], taxi driver Matsui meets two little foxes taking the form of little boys. gUn no Ii Hanashih [Lucky Story] is about a school of fish rescuing a fish caught by an angler in Matsuifs taxi. The town where Matsui lives is another fantastic world. In gShiroi Bôshih [A White Hat] a small white butterfly caught by a boy takes the form of a girl and runs away into Matsuifs taxi. In gSuzukake Dôri San-chôme,h [3-chôme, Plane Tree Street] Matsuifs taxi is transported through time to the designated street which existed at the time of war. It is highly valued as a story quietly denouncing the war. In gYamaneko Okotowarih [No Wildcats, Please], Matsui accepts a world where animals take the shape of humans and coexist with humans. In gShabon no Morih [A Wood of Soap Bubbles] Matsui turns out to be a man with an innocent mind like a child. In gKuma Shinshi,h Amanfs first story, Matsui sympathizes deeply with othersf sorrow. The last story gHonjitu wa Sekiten narih [It is Snowy Today] describes animalsf absolute trust in Matsui. Kuruma no Iro wa Sora no Iro represents the ideal world where animals and humans can coexist.
@@A Kodansha Pocket Book edition was published in 1978. Kuruma no Iro wa Sora no Iro was so popular that sequels were published in 1982 and in 2000.