On my last visit to a Japanese bookshop, I picked up a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or as it’s known here はらぺこあおむし. I read this book a lot as a child and know the story well- caterpillar hatches, caterpillar eats, caterpillar makes a cocoon, caterpillar turns into a butterfly.
I’ve really not done much reading in Japanese, in terms of completed stuff I’ve only read the graded reader どうしてうみのみずはしおからい？, but I was wondering what people thought of this as a strategy; reading books you already know fairly well in your native language.
Is this a strategy a good one because I’m not faced with something completely new and so have a chance of understanding things better, or is it a recipe for boredom? Has anyone else been reading their childhood favourites and if so, which ones have you enjoyed the most?