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In a Japanese children's book I read:

のりまきみたいに くるまれば ふかふか ふとんに なるんだもん。

For the sake of analysis, I looked up the kanjis (correct me if they're wrong):

海苔巻きみたいに包まればふかふか布団になるんだもん。

From the context, it should mean something along the lines, "I can wrap it up like a Nori roll and it becomes a soft mattress."

However, two things are unclear to me: First, is くるまれば really a form of 包まる? If so, what verb form is it? jisho.org does not have it in its list of inflections. What does this form mean, when do I use it?

Second, what does もん mean? Is it a shortened form of 物? How does this word alter the sentence?

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「のりまきみたいに くるまれば ふかふか ふとんに なるんだもん」

Since more context was definitely needed to discuss this sentence, I searched and found out here that this is about a girl with extremely long black hair. That piece of information is of much importance and the preceding sentence is:

「そとにだって ねられるの。」

Using kanji, we have:

「外にだって寝られるの。のり巻きみたいに包まればふかふかふとんにになるんだもん。」

The 「もん/もの」 should be written in kana because it is a sentence-ending particle meaning roughly "because".

First, is くるまれば really a form of 包まる? If so, what verb form is it?

「包まれば」 is simply the conditional form of 「包まる」 meaning "if I am wrapped up". It is used when talking hypothetically about getting wrapped up in something. In this case, that something is the girl's own long hair. See what I mean when I say I could never have answered this (seemingly simple) question without more context?

My own TL:

"I can even sleep outside. (That's because) if I am wrapped up in (my long hair) like a sushi roll, it turns into a fluffy futon."

  • Yes, it's exactly that story. ありがとうございました。 – digory doo Jan 17 at 14:01

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