- ゆっくりくんは みじかい とけいの はりです。Slow is the shorthand of a clock.
- 一じかんに いっぽ、ゆっくり あるきます。He walks slowly, one step an hour.
- ゆっくりくんが 七をさします。そして はやいくんが 十二を さします。なんじですか？Slow points at seven, and Fast points at twelve, so what time is it?
- 七じです。あさごはんの じかんです。It’s Seven o’clock. Breakfast time.
In alignment with the Australian Curriculum: Year 3 and 4 band achievement standards:
- Use conjunctions such as そして
- Structure sentences using particles, for example, は、の、が
- Describe experiences in present forms, for example, のみます
- Read and write all hiragana, and high-frequency kanji
Cultural note from the author:
When I was a child, my favorite time of the day was three o’clock, just like in this book. In Japan, three o’clock is traditionally the time to have a treat, especially for children. My mum and grandma used to say, “wait until three o’clock.” As a child, I looked forward to this special time because I would receive various treats, from lollies to a special cake on a plate.