Author : 林木林 Kirin Hayashi
Published : 2013
Personal recommendation : 5 years old and up
Hot-Spring! If you know Japanese culture to some extent, you know we Japanese LOVE Hot-spring (Public bath style), right? Well, the theme of this books is about hot-spring (called “ONSEN” おんせん) but this book will let Children help learn Japanese alphabets in order just like ABCDE, while enjoy reading it.
Japanese Alphabet (=ABC) starts with あ A い I う U え E お O. (basic 5 vowels in one group. Next groups follows KA-KI-KU-KE-KO. Etc) The title of this book is “A-I-U-E-Onsen”. Get it? Well, this book shows 5 Hiragana words’ group in one page. Yet the fun part of this book is each page consist of fantasy hot-spring style idea (somewhat wacky idea in some parts I would say 😊 )
Not only standard hot-spring, fantasy hot-spring examples described in the books are as follows.
- Folktale hotspring where famous hero character from various story gather
- Instrument hot-spring where people can pick and play various instrument
- Underwater hot-spring = hybrid of Hot-spring and aquarium
- Adventure hot-spring where you can enjoy all the thrilling adventure including Dolly ride
- Fruit-basked hot-spring where people can enjoy eating fruit while taking a bath
- Outer Space Hot-spring where guest are not limited to humankinds!
The story itself is quite interesting as the author has great imagination to expand the definition of hot-spring to next level! Yet, the key point is to let the kids learn Hiragana in order with fun. Well, there is also one surprise at the end. At last, there are list of objects which starts with each character like A, I, U, E, O, KA, Ki, KU, KE, KO etc etc and the comments instructs readers to go back to the page and find its object. (Note : These objects are not related to original story at all. One can think of this as some kind of “Where’s Waldo?” game. This exercise can let children further learn Hiragana with another fun. For this, I believe this book can be enjoyed quite some time by family.
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