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Shitakiri Suzume follows a common theme in Japanese fairy tales: a childless old couple raising a son or daughter. But instead of a human, the story revolves around a sparrow, the loving pet of the old man. Also common with other tales, there is a moral to the story. Don’t be greedy!
The second story, Kobutori Jiisan, teaches that a happy disposition often leads to happy conclusions.
•All Japanese have furigana (printed version) and romaji for those starting out.
•Every sentence is broken down word-for-word and with explanation of the grammar.
•The full story in Japanese only (without the running gloss) is also provided so you can practice reading without interruption.
•Download the FREE MP3s to listen while you study.
While beginners to Japanese can get a lot from this, hiragana knowledge is required.
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