Our Chinese teacher is away for the summer and let us borrow a few books. Since I am not fluent in Chinese, the teacher left a few titles with pinyin so that I can practice reading them to my kids (4.5-year-old daughter and 21-month old son). Today, I read a couple of books from 长大我最棒儿童健康心理与完美人格 Learning to Get Along Series by Cheri J. Meiners with my children.
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Title: 长大我最棒儿童健康心理与完美人格 Learning to Get Along Series (15 books)
Author: Cheri J Meiners
Illustrator: Meredith Johnson
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Language versions / ISBN:
- Simplified Chinese with pinyin / 9787541742989 (full set)
- English (varies by book)
Type: Picture book
Age: 3-8 years
Where to buy:
- China Sprout (Simplified Chinese)
- TaoBao (Simplified Chinese) – If you cannot read Chinese but want to shop low TaoBao prices, read this post
- Amazon (Simplified Chinese
- Free Spirit Publishing (English)
长大我最棒儿童健康心理与完美人格 Learning to Get Along Series Review
Although we only have 2 of the books, the series has a total of 15 books that focus on emotional and social growth of children. Originally written in English, the book has been translated to simplified Chinese with pinyin support. Good manners, social skills, and problem-solving are emphasized through realistic illustrations and text in the book. The English version of these books have high ratings on Amazon (see end of post for ads to English versions).
Pros: I love that the book shows ethnic diversity. Since we live in a small, non-diverse town, books are a great way to introduce my kids to the diverse culture of the real world.
Both of my kids LOVE the illustrations! They are very detailed, and the children in the pictures have great expressions and interaction.
The font is large and easy to read. I also love that certain parts of the illustrations are labeled in Chinese, such as a basket for 球 (qiú / balls) that you can see in the below photo).
At the end of the book are suggested extension activities. However, that part has no pinyin and is too difficult for me to read.
Cons: This series does not appeal to my daughter as much as other books. She enjoys observing the beautiful, expressive illustrations and discussing what she thinks is happening. The text is kind of dry, but it gives good ideas of how to respond to certain situations in Chinese.
Here are some pictures from the inside of the Talk and Work it Out 沟通和解决问题 book!
Here is a video of the Join in and Play 加入和一起玩耍 book!
List of all book titles in the Learning to Get Along series
Be Polite and Kind 礼貌和友善
Listen and Learn 倾听和学习
Understand and Care 理解和关爱他人
Share and Take Turns 学会分享
Reach Out and Give 帮助和给予
Try and Stick with it 尝试和坚持
Be Honest and Tell the Truth 诚实和坦率
Join in and Play 加入和一起玩耍
Respect and Take Care of Things 爱护和管理物品
Talk and Work it Out 沟通和解决问题
Cool Down and Worked Through Anger 冷静和平息怒气
Know and Follow Rules 懂得和遵守规则
Be Careful and Stay Safe 注意安全
When I Feel Afraid 克服恐惧
Accept and Value Each Person 接纳和认同他人
In summary, for parents and teachers looking for Montessori-friendly Chinese books, this set might be worth considering. However, I suggest buying only a couple of the books to see if your child likes it before committing to the full set.
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Happy reading, friends!