In a previous post(eons ago :p), I mentioned that I would be introducing some books and tools that helped C gain interest in Chinese. Here’s the first of a series of posts on this topic.
One of the first Chinese books that C really enjoyed was the 可爱的鼠小弟 series. This series is translated from a Japanese picture book collection by Yoshio Nakae, first published in the 1970s. The stories follow the exploits of Little Mouse (鼠小弟) and his animal friends. The story lines are easy to follow, and the charming illustrations hold their attention. Language used is simple and repetitive, like most early readers are.
Here’s a sneak peek into the contents. In the first book, Little Mouse shows off a new vest that his mother made for him.
As the story progresses, each of his friends admire and compliment him on his beautiful new garment, and asks to try it on.
The problem is… his friends are all bigger than Little Mouse!
I’ll leave you to guess the ending 😉
C enjoyed the simple text and repetitive phrases in the book. She found the mouse really cute, and laughed along with Little Mouse’s experiences.
I introduced this book to G recently. Like C, he was able to appreciate the humour in the book. Since C was already familiar with the book, she played the part of a big sister to read it to G. Win-win situation 🙂
I enjoyed reading this picture book with the kids. The text was repetitive but not boring. The illustrations, while simple, did a lot to bring out the humour in the situation without being distracting. As I’ve mentioned earlier, C was really resistant to learning and speaking in Chinese, but she was willing to repeat the phrases after me, and learning to recognize some of the characters.
This is definitely a good book to start with young toddlers or even older reluctant readers like C 😉 Do try it!
For those who are residing in Singapore, this series is available at the National Library.
For those who are interested in the English version of the book, it can be found on Amazon.
Do you have any recommendations for Chinese books for kids?