Akiko Yamanaka Binns, Shinsuke Takasaki, Bambi Morino, and Yumi Katoh (Authors)
Kotaro Chiba, Nancy Lane, Pana Stamos, and Kit Wagstaff (Illustrators)
The collection of beautifully-illustrated stories in this new elementary level reader includes re-told traditional Japanese stories Yamata no Orochi and Setsubun no Oni and the classic tale, Alice in Wonderland, plus two new stories, The Three Friends and Mari’s Blue Pot.
With a vocabulary range of 500 words and 500–1,500 characters per story, Level 1 Volume 1 of ‘Let’s Read Japanese’ is equivalent to Level A1 (CEFR) and Novice (ACTFL).
The text has been carefully graded, ie. vocabulary and grammar are controlled, so that learners of Japanese can start enjoying reading a ‘story’ from the early stage of their learning. The Let’s read Japanese series provides the ideal complement to the student's Japanese learning with a selection of books which can be read for pleasure.
Re-told by Yumi Katoh
Illustrated by Kotaro Chiba
A God named Susanoo descends upon Izumo no Kuni. He comes across a desperate family in fear of the return of Orochi, a monstrous snake. Can Susanoo save the last daughter of the family?
Re-told by Bambi Morino
Illustrated by Nancy Lane
The third of February is a day of Setsubun when people throw beans saying, “Good luck in, bad luck out!” A lonely old man tries this ritual again, but this time in the opposite way, calling in bad luck…
Illustrated by Kit Wagstaff
Alice spots a talking white rabbit and follows him down a rabbit hole. She encounters many strange characters and witnesses curious things, but is it all a dream?
By Shinsuke Takasaki
Illustrated by Pana Stamos
The paths of three second year students from the same junior high school with very different personalities and popularity end up meeting. This will be the beginning of a true friendship.
By Akiko Yamanaka
Mari neglects her duties, as she prefers to read manga all day. Suddenly, she is confronted by her passion, which is a little frightening…
Publisher: Oxford Brookes University; July 2015 Language: Japanese Levels:
(CEFR) / Novice (ACTFL) Vocabulary range: 500 Characters per story: 500-1500 ISBN-13: 978
0992929947 Format: 234 x 156mm, 84 pages, with full colour illustrations throughout Editor: Dr Irène Hill Japanese Supervisor: Suzuko Anai Design: Syndicut