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My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book of Chinese Language and Culture Hardcover – August 29, 2017
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Starting with A, for ai, a word that means love in Chinese, this picture book uses the English alphabet as a framework to learn Chinese words. Each entry includes the word in Pinyin as well as the traditional and simplified Chinese characters, accompanied by a rhyme that incorporates the term. Some topics, such as the moon, dogs, and grandmothers, are universal; others introduce cultural aspects of Chinese life, such as chopsticks, rice, and dragons. A preface for adults offers guidelines for pronunciation, but the publisher’s website, mentioned on the book flap, is more helpful. Colorful illustrations complement the text and clarify a few of the terms. This first book is a good supplement to primary multicultural units, but it does require preliminary practice unless read aloud by someone fluent in Chinese. Grades K-2. --Linda Perkins --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
"A perfect introduction to Chinese for any age." —PragmaticMom.com blog
"This book is truly a beautiful lesson on culture and language." —Crafty Moms Share blog
"Starting with A, for 'ai', a word that means 'love' in Chinese, this picture book uses the English alphabet as a framework to learn Chinese words." —Booklist
"On a more instructional, but equally enjoyable level, My First Book of Chinese Words introduces children to the Chinese character system as well as language." —McClatchy News Service
"This book uses the alphabet to introduce Chinese words. There are both simplified and traditional versions of Chinese used, which is good, and colorful pictures on each page showing the words to be learned. There are short rhyming poems on each page and the words are spelled out in pinyin so you know how to say the words. There are also small hints on how to pronounce the words. I liked that this book has lots of colorful hand-drawn pictures." —Joshua, age 8, City Book Review
"…provides a basic primer for preschool children who want to learn Chinese, using the familiar ABC structure to present everyday words that hold special meaning to Chinese culture. Each word is presented in Chinese characters and in Romanized form, with easy cultural and language notes accompanying the story of a Chinese family who helps youngsters learn. An accompanying website page helps kids actually listen to the Chinese words in the book." —Midwest Book Review
"This unique and charming alphabet book uses rhymes and fact snippets to introduce Chinese words to a pre-schooler." —The Children's Book Review blog
"…a great way to introduce young children to basic words and concepts through pictures and rhymes." —BiculturalMama.com blog
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We were excited to see Wu's latest book - My First Book of Chinese Words. Like the other book, the rhyming is fun and easy to follow. The kids don't think they are learning a language, they are just enjoying a special book. It is easy to read whether or not you speak Mandarin yourself, and the kids love it.
5 stars because I love it! and I can tell it will grow on them.