さんぽ、いぬ、ともだち

Rating: ★★★★★

この本はとてもかわいいです。ほんは優しいです、でもちょっと難しいです。たのしいですね!
I would highly recommend this book to all level 0 readers. The images are amazing, the story is really cute, and it’s an easy read. Whatever kanji or vocabulary not known are easily understood from the images. Likewise, there was maybe one unfamiliar sentence structure, but otherwise it was great. You should definitely read it!

大豆

Rating: ★★★★

この本はとてもおもしろくてたのしい。Though I knew many of the uses of soy beans I enjoyed learning the names of some of the items in Japanese such as もやし(bean sprouts), and 油 (あぶら) or soybean oil. Not a big なっとう fan (fermented soy beans) but I have eaten it on a bit of a dare. I liked their anthropomorphized illustration. Nice to see the authors realized it isn’t for everyone’s taste–even in Japan–with the picture of the kids at the table towards the end. Enjoyed seeing the kanji 外(そと) used at the end as they were telling the “evil spirit” to get “outside”! Much more of a non-fiction kind of book but still would recommend to any JPN 110 students.

つきみ: 月見

Rating:

この本はおもしろかったっです!!! The book focused on moon and what they eat during moon festival (?). Most of the vocabulary is pretty simple and we learned them in classes before, however, there are some unfamiliar vocabulary that we need to relied on the pictures to make an educated guess. I enjoyed the part of different animal drawings on the moon, it looked amazing! I never thought of something like this, so this book definitely taught me something new. Definitely recommend first year Japanese students to read 😀

京子さんは森に行きます

Rating: ★★★★

この本はとてもたのしくて、おもしろいです。It is about two cats、京子さんと京子さんのいもうと、マヤちゃん。The siblings love each other very much but Kyoko sometimes gets bored of their house. One day, Kyoko goes on an adventure in the forest. During her adventure, she meets a butterfly, another cat and a dog. By the end, she has enjoyed herself but is happy to be home and has a new appreciation for her home’s safety and peacefulness.

This was a really cute and enjoyable book. The pictures are とてもかわいいです。I wonder if they are pictures of the author’s real cats?!?

I would definitely recommend this book for Japanese 110 students.  It was a fun and quick read which used a lot of different vocabulary and grammar structures which we work on in class.