舌切り雀

Rating: ★★★★★

この話が大好きですが、終わりは早く来たんです。おばあさんは死にましたか?わかりません!読むがは楽しかったです。こんな子供の本を作りたいです。

I read this book with all of the furigana covered with a card, and only checked it for and . Those kanjis were used so specifically, and followed with such clear illustrations, that I was able to make out their definitions without looking them up. There was also 洗濯のり, which I couldn’t understand, but I understood from the illustration and the furigana せんたくthat it was some material for laundry.

The story was very easy to follow, and there were a couple kanji from JPN 111 that I could recognize at this point. It’s pretty long, too, which means the story is a lot more developed and interesting. For that reason, I think it would be fun for students to tackle!

きむらけの毎日 「けっこんしき」

Rating: ★★★★★

きまらけさんのおばさんは、けっこんします。Kimurake and her family help prepare for and go to the wedding ceremony. The book explains several aspects of the traditional wedding ceremony such as the drinking of wine (おさけ) and the leaving of money as a gift at the table after the ceremony. There is a cute twist at the end where Kimurake’s parents forget to leave the money and are distraught, having to give the money later in person.

本は、とてもおもしろくて、たのしかったです。むずかしくなかったです。I would definitely recommend this book to level 1 Japanese students. It was a relatively quick read, with cute illustrations that help the reader understand the vocabulary. It was also really fun learning about a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony.

田舎のネズミと町のネズミ

Rating: ★★★

この本は難しくないです、がやさしくないです。短いですよ。でも、可愛い絵たくさんあります。あたらしいぶんぽもちょっとあります。単語はちょっと難しいです。

I would recommend this book to japanese 110 students. There’s one or two simple grammar structures that may prove useful down the road. Also, since it’s a story a lot of people already know, the story is very easy to follow. But for the same reason, it isn’t extremely interesting.

木村家の毎日「一郎、学校で (一ろう、がっこうで)」

Rating: ★★★★

この本は おもしろいです!かわいいです。ちょっと むずかしいです。この本が すきです。

Don’t be scared of the kanji in the title—this is a fun book to read! There are a lot of characters that fellow first-years probably won’t recognize, but there’s furigana, so, it’s not a problem. Additionally, there’s some phrases that are used that will seem a little odd / unfamiliar, but I think that’s just the difference from the kind of Japanese you’d read regularly to the sort you’d read in a textbook. Altogether, though, even if you don’t know every word, you’ll still get a good sense of what’s going on in the story and find it funny and cute. It’s definitely an enjoyable read. Give it a try!