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Book one of four in a set of beginner textbooks. This book introduces students to hiragana and katakana, along with 17 basic kanji. In Book 1 students learn to talk about themselves (family, daily routines, school, inviting a friend over, etc.)The 3rd edition was authored by Hiromi Peterson and Naomi Hirao-Omizo and published by Cheng & Tsui (2007).