@@The field of poetry for children became active around 1965. It tended to succeed prewar poems which were very serious and realistic or lyric. Critical against such a tradition of poetry, Mado Michio (1909- ) published Tempura Piri Piri, a collection of twenty-nine poems for children and created a completely new world of poetry for children. He also modernized the genre.
@@Madofs poetry is humorous, nonsensical and entertaining with lots of word play. gInu ga Arukuh [A Dog is Walking] is a rumination about putting different kinds of bells on the paw of a dog so that one may know how each paw moves, because when a dog walks each bell would respectively gchirin, koron, karan, poronh (tinkle, clink, ting, or jingle). gKa-ba-no-u-do-n-koh [Hippofs Flour] is reading gKo-n-do-u-no-ba-kah (gKondo is a foolh in Japanese) backward. In gShimaumah [Zebra] a zebra is gin a cage of its own making.h Madofs idea is unique and the sound of his words is amusing. He even creates new words.
@@Madofs poetry is also imaginative and philosophical. In gIshikoroh [A Pebble] a pebble looks up into the sky remembering the days when it was a star. In gHibarih [A Skylark] a skylark sings in the field wondering whether its image is reflected in the mirror of blue sky. In gChikyû no Yôjih [Business of the Earth] a bead falling out of a hand onto a cushion stops at a hole in a tatami mat, and relaxes as if it had finished the business of the earth. gTsukemono no Omosih [Weight on Pickles] describes a personified weight stone from various points of view and questions its true nature. gInagoh [A Locust] captures a tense moment between gIh and a locust which is looking at gmeh gleaving the engine running to fly away anytime.h It makes readers think about life and death.
@@Eighteen poems have Sugita Yutakafs modern two-colored illustrations. All the poems were newly written except seven poems which had already been made public. Many of Madofs poems, including gInu ga Aruku,h gTsukemono no Omoshi,h gTempura Piri Piri,h and gInagoh have been adopted in elementary school textbooks since 1971, giving children opportunities to enjoy poetry.