I Am Handsome: BILINGUAL VERSION
This Shiba dog is very impressed with himself and takes every opportunity to show off his many handsome traits. Unfortunately he makes a shocking discovery at the end of this story.
Readers will learn to recognise body parts in Japanese and will be able to compliment their own good looks, or someone else's, in Japanese too.
Body parts; あたま, め, みみ,くち, はな,しっぽ, あし, て
Kanji used incidentally to show different representations of words in Japanese (not expected learning outcome)
With free access to bilingual and Japanese-only audiobooks and hiragana chart bookmark to assist with decoding, this 32 page picture book has been written for primary aged beginners of Japanese, (ideally Foundation to Year 2 Strand of the Australian Curriculum but can also be used for beginners in Year 3 and 4). (See specific Content Descriptions below).
Each colourful page is firstly presented in hiragana only. Once the page is turned, children can then see the same page with both the English meaning and also each hiragana character decoded in romaji above, so that readers are able to check on the accuracy of their hiragana reading as they go.
The book is generously sized at 20.6cm by 20.6 cm making it easy to hold and images and words clear and easy to see. Printed locally in Australia on quality paper, this book has been made to last in a classroom, library or home with long term use in mind.
ACARA Content Descriptions for I Am Handsome
978-0-6489747-1-0 I Am Handsome
Participate in guided group activities such as games, songs and simple tasks, using movement, gestures and pictures to support understanding and to convey meaning
[Key concepts: play, action learning, collaboration; Key processes: participating, turn-taking, interacting] (ACLJAC110)
Locate items of information in simple texts such as charts, songs, rhymes, video clips and anime to complete guided tasks
[Key concepts: information, meaning, text, context; Key processes: listening, identifying, demonstrating, making meaning] (ACLJAC112)
Participate in shared listening to, viewing and reading of imaginative texts, and respond through singing, chanting, miming, play-acting, drawing, action and movement
[Key concepts: imagination, response, expression; Key processes: responding, performing, sharing, expressing] (ACLJAC114)
Participate in shared performances and presentations of stories, songs, chants and rhymes
[Key concepts: performance, narration, image, rhythm; Key processes: acting, creating, composing, expressing] (ACLJAC115)
Translate words and familiar phrases used in everyday situations from Japanese into English and vice versa, noticing how some words are shared between Japanese and English
[Key concepts: meaning, translation, explanation; Key processes: translating, demonstrating, interpreting] (ACLJAC116)
Notice and describe some ways in which Japanese language and communicative behaviour are similar or different to own language(s) and cultural forms of expression
[Key concepts: language, culture, similarity and difference, respect; Key processes: noticing, comparing, considering] (ACLJAC118)
Systems of language
Recognise sounds and rhythms of spoken Japanese, and learn how sounds are produced and represented in the three different scripts
[Key concepts: mora, rhythm, intonation; Key processes: listening, distinguishing, recognising] (ACLJAU120)
Understand the structure of basic sentences in Japanese and recognise some key elements of Japanese grammar
[Key concepts: grammar, vocabulary, syntax; Key processes: recognising, describing, indicating] (ACLJAU122)
Language variation and change
Recognise that there are differences in how language is used in different cultural and social contexts, such as ways of greeting and addressing people
[Key concepts: variation, context, culture; Key processes: exploring, identifying, comparing] (ACLJAU124)
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