しろとりの友だちさがし/くろねこの友だちさかし

Rating: ★★★★★

とてもすごい本です!この本はいっさつじゃないーこの本は二さつです。まんがです。かわいです。大好きですよ。

The format was so cool. It was two books in one. There were two stories, one about a lonely cat and one about a lonely bird. The bird’s story starts “front to back” and the cat’s story starts “back to front” (to American readers). Then their stories meet up in the middle of the book when the characters meet. It’s such a cool idea.

 

I highly recommend this book. Not only was it a cool idea, but I appreciated that the vocab and grammar was all stuff we had covered. I don’t think I had to look anything up, and I understood the story. This is one of my favorite Tadoku books by students I have read. Also, it looks like the drawings are hand drawn, and that’s really cool.

 

京子のはつこい

Rating: ★★★★

 

京子のはつこいはラーブの本です。ときどき新しいかんじがあります。でも、ふりがながあります。

I recommend this book because it was a nice story. It made me want to continue reading and find out what happens.

リニダのりょこう

Rating: ★★★★

リニダのりょこうは楽しいです。かわいです。この本がすきです。

It was a book about a giraffe who was looking for friends. It took me awhile to get through. The vocab was mostly genki vocab, which was nice. So I didn’t have to look up a bunch of words.

 

I recommend this book. It was fun to read and not too hard.

ジョンさんバスのなんかで

Rating: ★★★★★

ジョンさんはバスに乗っています。彼はあそこでおばあさんと一緒に話しました。あとで、バスの中でジョンさんはねむ。だから、クラスに遅れます。おもしろいですね。

 

John rides the bus everyday. One day, he meets an old lady who sees his fashionably ripped jeans and expresses comical pity for him, unaware that the distressed look is intentional. Another day, John falls asleep in the bus and misses his stop. As a result, he arrives late to school.

黒子

Rating: ★★★★★

黒子はとても面白ですが、ちょっと悲しいと思います。私は読んだ時、本当に感動して、泣きたかったです。黒子はすごく可愛くて、頭がいい猫ですね。私は猫を飼っていませんが、この本を読んだ後、猫が飼いたくなりました。でも、ペットが死んだ時、私はたくさん泣くかもしれません。だから、まだ、ペットを全然飼っていません。

私はこの本をすすめます。単語はあまり難しくて、とても面白いと思います。黒子が大好きです。それから、挿絵もすごく綺麗です。漫画のスタイルなので、大好きです。

笠地蔵

Rating: ★★★★★

とても暖かい話で、私は感動した。おばあさんとおじいさんはとても優しくて親切な人たちだし。いい人だので、いいことがあるんだね。

I encountered a lot of grammar points and vocabularies that I just learnt when I read this story. Also the pictures are really cute and the art style is dreamy. This story could heal. I highly recommend this book.

ゆかた、よかったら

Rating: ★★★★★

この本はおもしろいと思います。エミさんとニナさんゆかたを買 ってお ぼんおどりに行きました。かんじとたん語がかんたんです。I really loved the art style, its simple and cute. There were a couple of words that I could not recognize but its still understandable through context. There were also some unfamiliar kanji but they were accompanied by the hiragana.  Overall, I highly recommend to level 0 readers.

木村家の毎日お正月

Rating: ★★★★★

この本はとてもかわいくて、たのしいです。図でストーリーがありますから。This book was about what the Kimura family did for New Year and their customs. I really liked how despite the book being a book that explains Japanese culture through a series of events, the pictures themselves had individual little stories in them. If you are looking for a book that teaches Japanese culture but in a fun way, this book is definitely a recommendation.

みつはさんは、ちよさんに、でんわをかけます。

Rating: ★★★★

みつはさんは、ちよさんに、でんわをかけます。ちよさんは、みつはさんのてつだうとききました。すうがくのしゅくだいは むずかしいから。

This was a really easy book to read because senpai only used the grammar and vocabulary we learned. However, I felt like the story shifted a little too much from helping Chiyo with math homework to discussing what to eat. It felt like they were planning to go hang out instead. Therefore I gave the book four stars. But I highly recommend to 1st-year students.

ジョンさん日本へ

Rating: ★★★★★

この本はとてもきれいです。アートスタイルがだいすきです。でもジョンさんは、ゆきさんがすきですか。ゆきさんも、ジョンさんが好きですか。次のチャプターはどこですか。John meets Yuki while taking an airplane to Tokyo because they had the same manga. When they said goodbye to each other, they realized they accidentally switched their mangas between themselves. Three months later, they went to see a Kabuki dance together, but later realize they accidentally got the wrong date.

This book is, in my opinion, easier to read than 笠地蔵 because most of the kanjis are words we already learned, and many of the kanjis that people might not recognize are words we already learned, just not in kanji but in hiragana. I will recommend this book to the first-year Japanese students.