Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese by Clay Boutwell
Approx. 5,010 words.
Published on August 12, 2010.
Many teachers recommend learning hiragana as a first step toward Japanese proficiency.
This book was designed by the people at TheJapanesePage.com to help beginners quickly master hiragana. Helpful mnemonics and illustrations help the student quickly learn the characters painlessly. You can learn hiragana in less than two weeks using this book if you can set aside a few minutes a day to study.