What a treasure! This book is familiar to most Japanese people, and it's easy to see why. The creative, simple, even playful flow beckons to the child within all of us. The book really expresses the unique way the Japanese tend to value the quality of being "childlike", and shouts to all of us, "don't take things so seriously!" The simple way the story deals with happiness, love, and death make this a perfect book for an adult to read together with a child. Finally, the excellent translation captures the simplicity and playfulness of the original Japanese version almost perfectly.