加油小米啦 (Jiāyóu! Xiǎo Mǐla / You Can Do It Little 米啦!) is a series of early chapter books with funny stories about a girl, 米啦, and her friends and family. This is an introduction to the series, not a complete review as we are only just getting started with it. But so far, we love it and wanted friends to know about it! I will update this review in the future after we have had more time to read and reflect on 加油小米啦!
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Title: 加油小米啦 (Jiāyóu! Xiǎo Mǐla / You Can Do It Little Mila!)
Age level: 5-8 years
Language: Simplified Chinese with Hanyu Pinyin
Where to buy: (If you cannot read Chinese but want to shop low TaoBao prices, read this post)
加油小米啦 is a set of 6 early chapter books written by the Chinese author 商晓娜. The stories are realistic, relatable, and funny, and the illustrations are adorable! For example, the first chapter begins with a frustrated 米啦 who cuts her father’s hair when he’s napping on the couch! She saw some white hair and was worried that he’s getting too old haha!
As a non-fluent family, we thought the language was pretty easy to understand. My daughter was able to recognize most of the words after completing Sagebooks, Greenfield, and However, I have a hard time reading books with Pinyin because I get distracted by sounding out the Pinyin instead of looking at the characters.
We bought the first book from China Sprout and loved it! Therefore, I bought the rest of the set from Taobao which arrived shrink-wrapped in perfect condition. However, last year, my 4-year-old daughter and I read only the first book. We stopped because my 2-year-old son won’t sit through wordy books with few illustrations and is very disruptive unless we read picture books together. I hope that we will get back into this series soon!
Introduction of the characters of the story
A peek at the chapters in 加油小米啦!
View of the 加油小米啦 paperback binding
加油小米啦 Chinese chapter books stacked up!
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