Kanji Hanawa is better known for his short form fiction, Akutagawa-nominated short stories, and translations of works by Jean-Paul Sartre, Jules Verne and François Boyer. However, he has also written and translated books for children.
The Japanese edition of le petit arbre was published in Japan by Kaisei Sha in 1969, two years after the popular French children’s book written by Thelma Volkman and illustrated by Sylvie Selig was published in France. The book remains popular in Japan today.
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