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.

タクシー

Rating: ★★★

一人女の子はタクシーで乗ります。あの子はもう死ねていました。

A girl takes a ride in a taxi and later turns out to be a ghost. She tricks the taxi driver into dropping her off at her house and then runs inside without paying. the driver waits outside for her to come back and pay him but she never does. He eventually knocks on the door only to find out that the girl had died in a bicycle accident.

 

This book is accessible to a Japanese 111 student if not a Japanese 110 student. It takes a bit of intuition to piece together some of the story but it was certainly original.

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.

緑の豚

Rating: ★★★★★

とてもきれいでおもしろい本ですよ。ぶたは小さくて、かわいいです。緑の豚が すきです!

This story was really interesting and so well-drawn! It reminded me of The Ugly Duckling, but even cuter! I would definitely recommend this story.

I think this story is meant for 110 students like us because it is rather easy, even if it is more difficult than some other Yomu Yomu Beginners’ books because some sentences are quite long! But if you like little piggies and pretty drawings, read this story!

キツネとカラス-ネズミの相談

Rating: ★★★★
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I really like this book and this is composed of two little stories. このほんはとてもおもしろくて、やさしです。 キツネは頭がいいが、ネズミはとても頭がよくなかったです。ネズミは肉をを持って、歌いました。だから、肉はありませんでした。キツネは盗みましたから.

I really recommend this book to the first year Japanese students. By telling the stories in familiar adjectives and past tense we have practiced in the class, I feel more confident when reading the Japanese books. Also, this folktale about the fox and crow could be very familiar to many of us that always has been told in our childhood. As a result, it is a lot more easier for us to understand the story. But I borrowed it from Umass library so you may check this book online.

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.

ウサギとカメ

Rating: ★★★★

 

この本はとてもかわいいです。ウサギとカメはおもしろいです。むずかしくないです。やさしいです。

This book is great for JPN 110 students. Some vocabulary is unfamiliar, but the story of the turtle and the hare may be familiar enough that one understands the context very well. It’s not too dense, and includes cute onomatopoeia words. At the end of the book, there’s even a little sing-along. Some grammar structures are familiar from class, so it’s good practice as well.

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!