玛蒂娜故事书 I Love Martine series is a true gem. When my children read 玛蒂娜故事书 I Love Martine books, they feel like they are experiencing a French family’s real life. In addition to the rich narrative, the illustrations are incredibly realistic and detailed.
Originally written in French in the 1950s, the 60-book series has been translated in several languages, including simplified and traditional Chinese. Topics range from normal, everyday life to special adventures.
I Love Martine Chinese Version 玛蒂娜故事书系列 – The right books for both of my children
I Love Martine 玛蒂娜故事书 is one of those few series that a wide age range of children can enjoy. I first heard about these books from Guavarama’s review of the traditional Chinese version, and I knew I needed to add them to our home library!
My almost 3-year-old son and my almost 6-year-old daughter are fascinated by the photograph-like pictures. Since the action is so vivid, we can spend a lot of time observing and discussing the visual story.
Compared to typical picture books which have only a few lines of text per page, 玛蒂娜故事书 stories are longer with many paragraphs of text. These advanced picture books stretch Chinese vocabulary and listening/reading comprehension.
However, they are just the right level of challenge as the small text is accompanied by plenty of visual prompts that help her memorize new Chinese characters.
Good news: Free Mandarin Chinese narration on Ximalaya!
Listening to the audio narration also helps my daughter learn to read new 玛蒂娜故事书 books. 悦悦妈讲故事 reads all 60 stories on her channel here.
If you’d like to hear her read one of the stories, have a listen to my daughter’s narration of 《玛蒂娜住进了医院》 toward the middle-end of the post.
I Love Martine Chinese Version 玛蒂娜故事书系列 – More reasons we are in love
One of the best parts about the series is that my children are learning concepts that they have not experienced.
For example, a few stories take place in winter and enlighten my Californian children on appropriate cold-weather attire. (My kids have never seen snow). These stories introduce fun cold weather sports (eg, skiing) as well as accidents that can happen on slippery ice (dog falling through).
Other stories involve regular daily routine (eg, cooking), and my children get to experience them through Martine’s eyes. Since my daughter attends weekly ballet class, she was very intrigued to learn that Martine also dances.
In the beginning of the ballet story, the book shows the name of each dance position in Chinese. Just by reading the book, my daughter learned the Chinese translations through the descriptive illustrations and the Chinese labels.
Each story has a take-home message – a moral that encourages thinking and discussion on how it applies to our own family.
How we store the I Love Martine Chinese Books
Organization of our home library is important for our family to find the books we want to read.
For this large set of 60 Chinese paperback books, I use a rope basket to hold the books. The handles on the basket make it a little easier to take in and out of the shelf.
In the United States, you can find inexpensive baskets at Home Goods and Marshalls. We have many sets of these baskets on Amazon which are washable and have held up well over the years.
Due to the convenience of the basket, my children can flip through and find the books they want to read.
Although I wish our basket was a little stiffer to hold up these books, the softer shape makes it easier to squeeze in the corner of our bookcase.
Table of Contents / Book titles 目录
Video of I love Martine narration in Mandarin Chinese
Here is a video of my daughter reading her favorite story, 玛蒂娜住进了医院, when she was 5 years old. Sometimes I wonder if she will be a doctor or nurse when she grows up, because she’s always most attracted to stories like this!
This reading is approximately 13 minutes in duration.
Photos of 玛蒂娜故事书系列
Where to buy I Love Martine Chinese Version 玛蒂娜故事书 / 我愛瑪婷
- Author: Gilbert Delahaye
- Illustrator: Marcel Marlier
- Simplified Chinese: 玛蒂娜故事书
- Where to buy: Tmall
- Traditional Chinese: 我愛瑪婷
- Where to buy: Anson Book
***Please note that the traditional Chinese title is different from the simplified Chinese version. The traditional Chinese set includes 52 books and not 60.
Have you read the I Love Martine series 玛蒂娜故事书系列?
What did your family think of the books?
If you have read it in multiple languages, did you notice differences between language versions?
Also, if you know of any books similar to this, please share in the comments below! My kids would love more books like this, and we would be grateful for your recommendations!
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