The Japanese Twins, by Lucy Fitch Perkins
To the Dutch Twins and their friends
Also by Lucy Fitch Perkins
THE DUTCH TWINS PRIMER. Grade I.
THE ESKIMO TWINS. Grade II.
THE DUTCH TWINS. Grade III.
THE JAPANESE TWINS. Grade IV.
THE SWISS TWINS. Grade IV.
THE FILIPINO TWINS. Grade V.
THE IRISH TWINS. Grade V.
THE ITALIAN TWINS. Grade V.
THE MEXICAN TWINS. Grade V.
THE SCOTCH TWINS. Grade VI.
THE BELGIAN TWINS. Grade VII.
THE FRENCH TWINS. Grade VII.
THE CAVE TWINS. Grade IV.
THE SPARTAN TWINS. Grade V.
THE COLONIAL TWINS OF VIRGINIA. Grade VI.
THE AMERICAN TWINS OF 1812. Grade VI.
THE PIONEER TWINS. Grade VI.
THE AMERICAN TWINS OF THE REVOLUTION. Grade VII.
THE PURITAN TWINS. Grade VII.
Each volume is illustrated by the author
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
COPYRIGHT, 1912, BY LUCY FITCH PERKINS
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
The Riverside Press
CAMBRIDGE. MASSACHUSETTS PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.
INTRODUCTION--THE JAPANESE TWINS AND BOT'CHAN.
I. THE DAY THE BABY CAME
II. MORNING IN THE LITTLE HOUSE
III. HOW THEY WENT TO THE TEMPLE.
IV. A RAINY DAY
V. TAKE'S BIRTHDAY.
VI. GOING TO SCHOOL
VII. TARO'S BIRTHDAY.
SUGGESTIONS TO TEACHERS
"The Japanese Twins" is a story which gives a
correct picture of
the best phase of Japanese home life.
Like its predecessor "The Dutch Twins," the aim
of this reader is
to foster a just and discriminating respect for a foreign
in whose history America has a keen interest.
Though the representatives of the Japanese race do not
integral part of our national life, as those of the Dutch
many other nations do, yet the sympathy between the two
is strong, and there is much to be gained by a knowledge
manners, customs, and social ideals.
To make the reading of this story most valuable as a school
exercise, it is suggested that children be allowed at the
to turn the pages of the book in order to get glimpses of
and "Take" in the various scenes in which they
are portrayed in
the illustrations, thus arousing their interest. On a globe,
map of the world, point out Japan, and tell the children
something about the unique character of the country. The
will thus find no difficulty in relating this supplementary
reading material to the work in geography, and the art teacher
may find in it an opening for further illustration of Japanese
ideas of art and architecture.
The text is so simply written that any third or fourth
child can read it without much preparation. In the third
may be well to have the children read it first in the study
period in order to work out the pronunciation of the more
difficult words. In the fourth grade the children can usually
read it at sight, without the preparatory study. The story
appeals particularly to the dramatic tendencies in children,
this can be made an opportunity for lessons in courtesy
social virtue the Japanese so excel. The use of the material
language and constructive work is also immediately apparent.
In connection with the reading of the book, have children
selections from their readers and other books about Japan
people. Lafcadio Hearn's story "The Burning of the
(in the Riverside Third Reader) is an illustration of this
of collateral reading. Let children also bring to class
and other pictures illustrating scenes in Japan.
The unique illustrations in the book should be much used,
the reading of the story and in other ways. Children will
sketching some of them; their simple treatment makes them
especially useful for this purpose. Children will enjoy,
making jinrikishas, fans, parasols, sand gardens, and sand
pictures (where possible) and in painting the Japanese flags.
The book is printed on paper which will take water color
and where books are individually owned some of the sketches
be used for coloring in flat washes. They also afford suggestions
for action sketching by the children.
An excellent oral language exercise would be for the children,
after they have read the story, to take turns telling the
from the illustrations; and a good composition exercise
for each child to select the illustration that he would
write upon, make a sketch of it, and write the story in
These are only a few of the many ways that will occur to
resourceful teachers for making the book a valuable as well
enjoyable exercise in reading.