Annotations for My First Book of Chinese Words : An ABC Rhyming Book


Simon and Schuster
My First Book of Chinese Words is a beautifully illustrated book that introduces young children to Chinese language and culture through everyday words.

The words profiled in this book are all commonly used in the Chinese language and are both informative and fun for English-speaking children to learn. The goals of My First Book of Chinese Words are multiple: to familiarize children with the sounds and structure of Chinese speech; to introduce core elements of Chinese culture; to illustrate the ways in which languages differ in their treatment of everyday sounds; and to show how, through cultural importation, a single word can be shared between languages.

Both teachers and parents will welcome the bookÆs cultural and linguistic notes, and appreciate how the book is organized in a familiar ABC structure. Each word is presented in Chinese characters (both Simplified and Traditional), as well as in Romanized form (Pinyin).

With the help of this book, we hope more children (and adults) will soon be a part of the more than one billion people worldwide that speak Chinese!

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Tuttle Pub
My First Book of Chinese Words introduces Chinese language to preschool children in a gentle, playful way. The ABC structure provides a familiar framework that encourages fun and easy learning. The everyday words presented in this book include many that have special significance in Chinese culture. Each word is presented in Chinese characters (both Simplified and Traditional) as well as in Romanized form (Pinyin). Cultural and linguistic notes enhance the learning experience. And kids will love the wonderful Chinese family, beautifully illustrated in gentle colors, who will take them from page to page!

"Z" is for zaijian. "Goodbye!" we say--more good times together when we meet another day."


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