Author(s): Michelle Haney Brown
"My First Book of Japanese Words" is a beautifully illustrated book that introduces young children to Japanese language and culture through everyday words. The words profiled in this book are all commonly used in the Japanese language and are both informative and fun for English-speaking children to learn. The goals of "My First Book of Japanese Words" are multiple: to familiarize children with the sounds and structure of Japanese speech; to introduce core elements of Japanese culture; to illustrate the ways in which languages differ in their treatment of everyday sounds; and to show how, through cultural importation, a single word can be shared between languages. Both teachers and parents will welcome the book's cultural and linguistic notes, and appreciate how the book is organized in a familiar ABC structure. Each word is presented in Kanji (when applicable), Kana, and Romanized form (Romaji). With the help of this book, we hope more children (and adults) will soon be a part of the 125 million people worldwide that speak Japanese!
Michelle Haney Brown is a longtime student and teacher of Japanese language and culture. Her blog, "JapanThink.com," muses on everything from Japanese food to Japan's complex shoe etiquette.
Aya Padron is a freelance artist who works in many media, including painting and photography. She is the illustrator of "My First Book of Korean Words" and "My First Book of Chinese Words."
Both Brown and Padron live with their families in Austin, Texas.