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1, 2, 3, Go! Hardcover – January 15, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Lee's (At the Beach; In the Snow) word and number primer has all the festive ebullience of a Chinese New Year's dragon. Each cream-colored, double-page spread serves as a backdrop for elegant, boldly-colored cut paper figures, a punchy number-verb combination and the appropriate Chinese characters. For "Three hit," a trio of children in ethnic costumes play drums beneath the graceful boughs of a tree; for "Nine kick," a band of leaping, shouting, red-belted martial arts students punch the air with their legs. Old and new blend subtly and gracefully: in most spreads, the children wear modern-day clothes, but occasionally their stylized expressions and poses (especially in the spread for "Six pull," which shows a group attempting to land a huge fish) evoke a much older and exotic visual tradition. For older children, the introductory pages offer a Mandarin Chinese pronunciation guide and some fascinating etymology: for example, Lee explains that the written Chinese for the words "kick," "run" and "jump" are all based on the basic character for "foot." Youngsters will love finding the hidden words within words and trying their hand at writing them. Ages 4-9. (Jan.)
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Ages 4-6. In this introduction to Chinese numbers and simple vocabulary, Lee effectively displays boldly contrasted cut-paper shapes on stark white backgrounds. Glossaries at the book's beginning and end present the Chinese characters for the words used and numbers one through ten, along with the English translations and a transliteration of the pronunciation in the Mandarin Chinese dialect. After an author's note explains the theory behind Chinese characters, each cleanly designed double-page spread illustrates a two-word phrase consisting of a number and a verb, while children portray the verb's action: "One catches" depicts one girl netting a butterfly; "Four push" shows four youngsters pushing large snowballs; and "Nine kick" features nine youths leaping in a karate style kick. With masterful simplicity, Lee leads readers to a preliminary appreciation of Chinese culture. Ellen Mandel
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st. ed edition (January 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080506205X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805062052
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As Chinese immigration, I have to say the writer is master in Chinese.
This book show the great idea for 3-5 years old children how to learning Chinese.

Most important thing is child love it. learning language, making act and having fun.
My 3and1/2 daughter pick up this book for her "Show and Tell".
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I teach 5 - 7 year old children at Chinese School. I use this book in my class to teach the action vocabulary as well as the numbers. I love the fact that all the words are actions, and I have them do the actions while saying the words so that the children can make a physical connection to the words themselves, which makes it easier for them to remember.

In addition, she has selected words that use hands and words that use the feet, and in a future lesson, I will show them that they can guess at a meaning of a words by recognizing the "hand" radical versus the "foot" radical. This is a fabulous book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning Chinese characters!
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