A Book a Month 2017: March 三月

Curious George Rides a Bike

by H. A. Rey


During the month of March I read Curious George rides a bike. I love Curious George. Whenever I read his books or watch his cartoon I always ask the same questions.

Question number 1: Why do they give this monkey so much freedom?!

Question number 2: Who pays for the damages?!

Question number 3: Would you trust a monkey like George?

And finally, Question number 4: When is this monkey gonna get a job?!

I enjoyed this book. I learned a lot of new vocabulary words and reviewed even more. The more I read, the more I grow accustomed to the Japanese sentence format. Subject, object, particle, verb. Is that right? I think so. Sentences that would have never made sense to me before are easier to understand. Verb tenses and common sayings are still a tricky duck but with practice they will soon become my friends.

It took me a bit longer to finish this book, even though I started reading it back in February, because I took a two week break from studying. Shame on me right? Wrong. My brain is wired for breaks. I need them. And culturally, I am used to spending my Spring break free from work and anything resembling work. However, this is not the case in Japan. Spring break is still work. Teaching, assisting, talking to people, forced socializing and the like. I avoided as much as possible and this reading goal fell into that category.

But I’m back at it.

Next month will be a short book month.


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