Graded Reader Highlights
Enjoy reading Japanese without a dictionary.
Contextual illustrations aid comprehension.
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Enjoy reading Japanese without a dictionary
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Each story includes illustrations to aid comprehension and audio of the full-text narrated by professional Japanese voice actors.
'Ari to Kirigirisu' is a retelling of Aesop's fable, 'The Ant and the Grasshopper.'
Grasshopper was singing and enjoying its summer day, while Ant was working and preparing for the coming winter. The story shows the value of hard work and thrift.
Sanbikinokobuta is a retelling of the classic fable 'The Three Little Pigs.' Three little pigs built their houses in different materials. The wolf blew down two houses. The wolf couldn't blow down the house made of bricks. Yet, it still managed to go into the house from the chimney.
'Doushite Koumori wa Hiru Tobanai' is the retelling of Aesop's fable, 'The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat.'
The birds and the beasts started a war. The bat was watching while everyone was fighting. When the war ended, everyone's attention turned to the bat.
'Doushite Umi no Mizu wa Shiokarai?' is a story about a man who because of him kindness received a magic mill. Then his jealous brother stole the magic mill.
Kachikachiyama is a Japanese folktale in which a rabbit gets revenge on a murderous tanuki (Japanese raccoon) 'Yama' means mountain and 'kachi-kachi' is the crackling sound of a fire. You will learn more about why a mountain would be named after the sound of fire in this Japanese fairy tale.
Futatsunopan is a retelling story of O. Henry's “Witches' Loaves.” Masa is a 40 years old woman who runs a bakery. She fell in love with a guy who always bought two loaves of stale bread from her store. Masa saw some paint on the guy's fingers, so she thought the guy is a poor painter. One day, Masa added some butter into the guy's bread and was thinking that the guy would feel happy about it. However, the guy went back in an angry face and yelled at her.
Hanasakajiisan is a story about a kind-hearted old man, who grew cherry blossoms, and got the name from a feudal lord. In this fable, you will learn about the consequences of greed and the rewards of doing the right thing.
Hitofusanobudo is the retelling story of Japanese novel, 'Hitofusanobudo', written by Arishima Takeo. The story is a narrative story. A guy was talking about his school life in Yokohama, where was once a place filled with Western people. He loves to draw; yet, his paints were not as good as his Western classmate, Jimmy. He stole paints from Jimmy. Soon after, his favorite teacher found out as well. The teacher gave Jimmy and him grapes and helped them to become good friends again.
Kinkoyaburi is a retelling story of O. Henry's “A Retrieved Reformation.” Originally set in America the early 1900s, the story describes the events which lead up to the reformation of an ex-convict safecracker.