一个不能没有礼物的日子 (The Best Christmas Ever) is the first Christmas book that my family has read in Chinese! Last year, it was our only Chinese Christmas book, but we enjoyed reading 一个不能没有礼物的日子 over and over again! I’m excited to read it again with my children and highly recommend this Chinese picture book!
Title: 一个不能没有礼物的日子 (Yīgè bùnéng méiyǒu lǐwù de rìzi / The Best Christmas Ever)
Author: 陳致元 (Chih-Yuan Chen)
- Simplified Chinese (with English booklet) / 9787537636025
- Traditional Chinese + Zhuyin / 9789869318075
- English only
CD: Bilingual Mandarin and English
Type: Picture book for ages 4-7
Where to Buy:
- Simplified or Traditional Chinese & English
- Traditional Chinese
Audio Narration: Click here to listen to the story on the Ximalaya FM app.
一个不能没有礼物的日子 Book Review
一个不能没有礼物的日子 is a story about a bear family that is struggling financially and wondering what to do about Christmas presents. But is it necessary for gifts to be new?
On Christmas Day, presents appear magically under the bear family’s tree! As the bears open each gift, they find joy in rediscovering familiar items, such as a missing coat button and hat. Therefore, it was the best Christmas ever for this bear family!
Below are photos from inside of the book.
I really love the moral of this story: expensive and new gifts are not the point of Christmas. Rather, we should be grateful for what we have. With humility and appreciation as the focus, I look forward to reading this story with my children every Christmas!
Cantonese reading of 一个不能没有礼物的日子
Cantonese-speaking families can enjoy listening to the reading by Cantonese Mommy on YouTube! You can also see how the traditional Chinese version of the book looks as well!
Heryin Publishing – Chinese books for kids with audio CDs
I also highly recommend other Chinese books published by Heryin. Each of their books comes with an audio CD, and translations are available in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and English!
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Happy reading, friends!