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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with jacket and disc edition (April 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804840946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804840941
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—This collection pairs English-language nursery rhymes and songs with their counterpartsfrom China. Wu also includes some lesser-known English-language selections. The book is organized into themes: "Outside," "Inside," "Party," "Play," and "Night." "Hickory Dickory Dock" shares a spread with "Little Mouse," a rhyme about a mouse that climbed a lamp to eat the oil and can't get down. The Chinese rhymes are presented in simplified characters, pinyin Romanization, and translated into English. Large, brightly colored illustrations feature a multiethnic cast of children and adults. Most spreads have additional information about Chinese culture and ask readers to find items in the art. This book works best for one-on-one reading or as a resource for educators and parents.—Jennifer Rothschild, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Oxon Hill, MD
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"This collection pairs English-language nursery rhymes and songs with their counterparts from China. Wu also includes some lesser-known English-language selections. The book is organized into themes: Outside, Inside, Party, Play, and Night. Hickory Dickory Dock shares a spread with Little Mouse, a rhyme about a mouse that climbed a lamp to eat the oil and can't get down. The Chinese rhymes are presented in simplified characters, pinyin Romanization, and translated into English. Large, brightly colored illustrations feature a multiethnic cast of children and adults. Most spreads have additional information about Chinese culture and ask readers to find items in the art. This book works best for one-on-one reading or as a resource for educators and parents."School Library Journal

"Singing is a joyful way to learn a language and experience a culture. You can read the book and listen to the CD included for a Chinese New Year filled with traditional children's songs."—MissPandaChinese.com

"The nursery rhymes are familiar to English speakers which makes this a really appealing book to toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school students. The authors did a great job on the CD. The sound quality is great, and the singers have appealing voices with nice instrumental accompaniment. This would be perfect because it's visual and audio in one easy package!"—PragmaticMom.com

"Kids love nursery rhymes, and this book is a great way to introduce young children to English and Chinese through song."—BiculturalMama.com

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My kids love the songs and the book.
Krista
I highly recommend this book to anyone who speaks English but is trying to help their child learn Mandarin Chinese.
E. Kerby
This book contains stories, rhymes, and songs in both English and Chinese with CD included.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By jaminsodi on April 12, 2010
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I purchased this book and CD combo while waiting to adopt our little 3 year old girl from China. I was hoping it would create some security for her, hearing her native language amongst such new and strange surroundings, but what I didn't expect was the impact it would have on our whole family! We've had a lot of fun learning to sing the songs! The book has the Chinese characters, the pinyin writing and the English words for each Chinese song. (The English nursery rhymes just have English words.) Before listening, I was afraid the lyrics might be overpowered by the music therefore making it hard to understand. This wasn't the case! The lyrics are very clearly sung with just enough acoustic guitar as background music. This is such a wonderful resource, I'd recommend it to anyone, not just families who have or are going to adopt. It would make a great gift for any family that appreciates culture and open to learning different languages. I only wish there was a set of these!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jessica on January 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for real Chinese songs for kids, DO NOT get this book! I don't know about those English songs, but the Chinese rhymes are awful! I am sorry to say that, but since I am Chinese, a kindergarten teacher, and a music teacher, this is one of the few times that I know what I am talking about! There are a lot of great Chinese kids songs they could use, but they chose some songs I've never heard in my life! There is even one song that they put Chinese words in an English song, and call it Chinese song, I mean COME ON! You can do better than that! Also, they did a terrible job on the CD, English songs are ok, but I don't know where they find the woman to sing those Chinese songs, completely out of tune!

Overall I don't recommend this book! And if you already bought this book, Please don't think that Chinese songs are like this, we do have beautiful songs!!

And to those who published this book! Please don't just think of making money, put some effort into it, it will make all of us happier!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Shreeve on May 18, 2010
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With gorgeous, kid-friendly illustrations, this book provides a much-needed bridge in the world of a multi-cultural child - and that means everybody! A wonderful gift for anyone looking to expand their horizons and understand the songs and poetry that unite the human family. A treasure!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denise Armanino on May 8, 2010
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This beautifully illustrated and well written book was a great purchase. Who knew that at 44 years old, I would be learning something from a children's book? The fun facts and music are a great way to learn about another culture. My kids and I have really enjoyed it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on August 31, 2013
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I am a native English speaker who studied Chinese in college. I recently bought this book to learn some Chinese songs to sing with my daughter. My family has no Chinese ancestry; I just enjoy speaking the language and learning the characters, and thought it would be fun (and useful) for my daughter to learn some songs in another language.

This collection certainly is fun. Some of the tunes are new to me and some of them I already know. Each song on the CD is sung twice to a simple guitar accompaniment so the listener can hear the tune once before joining in. The text of the Chinese songs is given in simplified characters (the traditional characters can be downloaded from the publisher's website), pinyin, and English translation. The book is very nicely put together.

I do have a big complaint: Faye-Lynn has a nice voice, but the children singing along to the Chinese songs have a hard time matching pitch, which sometimes makes it difficult to discern the tune. I would guess the reason for this is that some of the songs are pitched quite low. (There is a great disparity in pitch range between different songs--I'm not sure why this is the case.) My solution for this is to transcribe the tunes so I don't have to listen to the CD any more than necessary.

Other than that complaint, I am very happy with the book and I expect that my children and I will use it for a long time. I would have rated this product five stars if the CD were not so awful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Coffee on April 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We bought this book on impulse at a store, since it seemed like a great idea. My wife (from mainland China) and I (from the U.S.) like to read and sing to our baby in both Chinese and English, and we thought it would be a nice way to do both at the same time. However, this particular book leaves much to be desired, especially if you hope to use the accompanying CD.

Things we like:

* The Chinese nursery rhymes have pin yin pronunciation guides and English translations along with the Chinese characters, which helps me with words and characters I don't know

* The book intersperses English nursery rhymes with Chinese nursery rhymes, and those nearby often share related subjects (e.g.
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