....and one which held some pretty big lessons for Mrs. Jackson and her two daughters, Nora, 7 and sickly, and Jane, 6, far too well and always in trouble. En route from China to America for medical care for Nora, Jane gets in all the ship's officers hair -- as well as the Captain's -- and makes Mrs. Jackson's life miserable. The day's stop in Kobe introduces them to Mr. Nishima through Jane's naughtiness and their promise to give him all their time ashore leads them to the deer, the parrots, a puppet show and the beach where his understanding ways put Mrs. Jackson to shame and gentle the girls into courteous behavior. For all its import and the stressing of the superiority of the Japanese approach to children and life, this has a might-be-true quality which its unaccented style emphasizes, and makes for an uncomplicated treatment of the delicate issues of child behavior and obedience. Pearl Buck's name has its own audience.