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Kimiko Aman

Kimiko Aman あまんきみこ

Kimiko Aman (1931–)  was born in Dalian, China, and graduated from Japan Women's University in Tokyo. After enrolling in a creative writing class for children's stories sponsored by the Japan Association of Writers for Children in 1965, she submitted the story Kuma shinshi (Bear Gentleman) to Jōji Tsubota's magazine Biwa no mi gakkō (Loquat School). In 1968 she received the JAWC New Talent Award for Kuruma no iro wa sora no iro (A Car the Color of the Sky), a collection of eight fantasy stories, including Kuma shinshi, centering on a taxi driver named Matsui. Stories from this collection were subsequently adopted for inclusion in many elementary-school language arts textbooks. She has received numerous other awards, including the Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Award for the picture book Chii-chan no kage okuri (Chii-chan and the Shadow Figures).

Books by Kimiko Aman
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    Okko and Her Bunny Tantan

    Okko receives a stuffed bunny as a present on her fifth birthday and names it Tantan. The ten stories in this volume tell of her experiences with Tantan over the course of a year. In Fushigi na jidosha (The Magic Car), Okko becomes friends with Keiko fro …

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    My Jump Rope and the Little Foxes

    Rie left her jump rope at a park, so she and her little brother Ken go back to get it. They can’t find it, but then they hear someone’s laughter in the wind. Rie and Ken see ten little foxes playing with a jump rope, but they keep getting their tails …

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    Onita’s Hat

    The story in this picture book takes place on the night of Setsubun, the traditional last day of winter now celebrated on February 3 or 4 each year, when it is customary for families to scatter beans inside and outside the house to the chant of Oni wa sot …

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    A Car the Color of the Sky: The White Hat

    Gorō Matsui’s taxi is sky blue, and he always keeps it clean and shiny. Numerous heartwarming stories about the mild-mannered driver and his sometimes rather unusual passengers have been collected in three volumes under the series title Kuruma no iro w …

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    No Wildcats

    Mr. Matsui drives a taxi. One autumn day, he picks up a young man as a passenger and follows his instructions to turn right, then left, and so on, over and over, until he no longer knows where he is. After driving along a deserted stretch of road and arri …

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