お菊さん

Rating: ★★★★★

この本はちょっとこわいです。おきくさんと言う女の人が死んでゆうれいになる話です。でもすごくおもしろかっ田です。日本語1年生にはちょっとむずかしいかもしれません。There quite a few expressions/verbs that we haven’t learned in 日本語1。But if you love ghost stories, this is a really good one. The pictures also explain the story pretty well, until at least halfway.

笠地蔵

Rating: ★★★★★

この本はとても楽しいですよ。おじいさんとおばあさんはやさしくて、げんきです。誰もおじいさんの笠を買いません、でも大丈夫です。お地蔵さまは食べ物を送ります。おじいさんは笠を、地蔵のあたまにかぶせました。お地蔵さまはとてもかわいいです。I found this book to be adorable not only because of how the gods repaid the old couple so much more than what they received but also because of the heart-warming interaction between the old man and his wife. When the old man came back with no money but also no hat (because he gave it all away to the little gods), his wife did not scold him but instead agreed that it was a good act.

I will recommend this book to first-year students because although the Kanji part  is a little bit more difficult, there are furigana and illustrations to help them understand.

舌切り雀

Rating: ★★★★★

この本はとてもおもしろいです。日本の古い話です。おじいさんはやさしくて、雀が好きです。でも、おばあさんは雀が嫌いです。それから、雀の舌をきます。ちょと怖いです。

This is a interesting story. Grandfather is very nice but grandmother is very scary. She cut the tongue of the bird just because the bird eats her washing powder. The story is easy to read. I found many Tango and Kanji that we just learned. It really help me to review those Tango.

風と太陽

Rating: ★★★★

 

このストーリーはイソップ寓話のひとつ。とても良いです。太陽さんは優しいですが、かぜさんは親切じゃないです。でも、トーリーは簡単くで、すぐ面白いです。

I will definitely recommend this book, which is a well-known folktale, to the beginning learners of Japanese. It is quite helpful to review what we have learned since it covers a lot of phrases and new words we learned in the Genki textbook. The whole story is easy to read and readers can always figure out the meaning by simply looking at the illustration on each page. It also helps to review the grammar of the formation of adjective and verb conjugation.

かさじぞう

Rating: ★★★★

 

おじいさんとおばあさんはおかねがありません。おじいさんはまちにかさをうりにいきます。でも、だれもかさをかいません。それから、おじいさんはじぞうのあたまに、かさおかぶせます。すぎのあさ、おじいさんとおばあさんはたべものおみつけます。

An old man and old woman are poor. The old man goes into the market to try and sell his umbrellas, but no one buys any. When he is walking home he sees the じぞう (Jizo statues) have snow on them so he puts the umbrellas on them and goes home. In the morning the old man and woman discover food outside their home. The じぞう must have left it as thanks.

I think this is a really interesting folk story within a graded reader. It gives good insight into Japanese culture. However, it is a rather difficult read for a first year first semester student. I would recommend this book if you are in your first year of Japanese and looking for a challenge. It would also be a good read for someone starting their second year of Japanese.

 

 

ねずみのすもう

Rating: ★★★★★

 

ああああ、その本がとても大好きでした!そのねずみ達はかわいくて、いい友達だから、私の心はあたたかくなりました!初めは「おばあさんとおじいさん」という人物をしょうかいしても、他の部分は一般的じゃなくて、つまらなくないと思います。絶対におすすめします!

This one is fairly simple and I recommend it for both 1st Years and 2nd Years. There are a few unfamiliar verbs and nouns, but you can either understand them from context or skip over them with no real detriment to understanding. Also, it just might be the cutest book in the 子どもとよむ日本の昔ばなし series.

日本のわらい話2

Rating: ★★★★

 

この本は私のレベルのために難しいと思いました。話を三つ読んで、一つだけを読んだ時パンチラインを分かって、本当に笑いました。その話は「おにはそと、ふぐわうち」という42のページから始まる話です。それは楽しかったから、をおすすめします!他の読んだ話は「おばけのたまご」と「かさは売れたが」です。「おばけ」はちょっと分かりにくかったですが、「かさ」の方がやさしかったと思います。でも、たくさん話があるから、他のも読んでみてください!

Comprehension of these short funny stories was pretty tough going for me. If other 2nd Years want a challenge, then I recommend this; but it’s probably better suited to 3rd Years. That being said, I only selected three of them this time around (there are many many short stories in this collection), so if you read any of the others, let me know what you think!

うりひめこ

Rating: ★★
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昔話を読めばよむほど、「子供がいないおじいさんとおばあさん」は一般的な登場人物のことに気がつけています!この話はとても「かぐやひめ」とか、「いっすんぼうし」のような話だと思いました。でも、たぶんこれの方がかんたんでしょう。早くて、やさしいと思いましたが、他の昔話の方が好きです。

I recommend this one maybe to second-semester first years. It has some unfamiliar verbs and nouns, but the plot line itself was very short and simple, as were the grammar structures. I don’t personally think it’s the most riveting of the mukashi banashi‘s, but the illustrations were cute, so it’s still worth a quick read!

笠地蔵

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「笠地蔵」のほうが「女の子」よりいいと思います。おじいさんとおばあさんはとても可愛くて、素敵な人です。漢字と単語は難しくないですよ!この本も、辞書が必要としなくてもいいですよ。読んでください!

I think “Kasa Ji Zou” was better than “Girl.” The old grandfather and old grandmother are cute, kindhearted people. The kanji and tango is not difficult. With this book, you also don’t need to have a dictionary.

桃太郎

Rating: ★★★★★

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桃太郎という話はアメリカではたくさん日本語を勉強する学生の知っている日本の昔話だと思います。桃太郎さんは犬とさると鳥と一緒にアドベンチャーに行ったり、おばけを戦いました。この本は子供のためにか書かれたので、読みやすいです。でも、とても面白くて楽しかった話だと思うから、私は大好きです。日本の昔話を好きな人にももたろうをすすめりたいです

Momotaro is a cute story about a boy who goes on an adventure with a dog, monkey and bird.  The book is pretty easy to understand as it is written for children and has a lot of pictures.  It is great for anyone interested in Japanese old stories.