小小的我 and 最亲爱的奶奶 Translated Chinese Story Books

小小的我 and 最亲爱的奶奶 books by 笠井真理

This past summer, my kids and I read 小小的我 and 最亲爱的奶奶!  These picture books were originally written in Japanese and have been translated to simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese.

Both of my children (2-year-old son and almost 5-year-old daughter) loved the touching narrative and beautiful, realistic illustrations.

These stories would be perfect for families looking for Montessori friendly Chinese books.

Here is a quick review of 小小的我 and 最亲爱的奶奶 with many photos and a video!

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小小的我 Chinese Book Review

  • Title: 小小的我 (Xiǎo xiǎo de wǒ  / Little Me)
  • Author: 笠井真理
  • Age level: 3-7 years
  • Where to buy:
    • Simplified Chinese / ISBN: 9787510153310 / Publisher: 中国人口出版社
    • Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin / ISBN: 9789862483688 / Publisher: 大好書屋-日月文化
  • Free audio narration: Ximalaya
  • Compatible with Luka Reading Robot which has high-quality narration

This is a story that all children can relate to!

A little girl expresses her shyness around strangers, fear of the dark, and her wish to do things independently, such as walking her dog.

However, she is trying very hard to overcome these challenges!  You can listen to the Chinese narrations for free on Ximalaya (see above) and on YouTube (see below).

小小的我 / 笠井真理
小小的我 / 笠井真理
小小的我 / 笠井真理

Here is a video of the traditional Chinese version of the story recorded by Peggy Lin.  Please note that the wording is slightly different between the simplified and Chinese versions.

最亲爱的奶奶 Chinese Book Review

  • Title: 最亲爱的奶奶 (Zuì qīn’ài de nǎinai / Dearest Grandma)
  • Author: 笠井真理
  • Age level: 3-7 years
  • Where to buy:
    • Simplified Chinese / ISBN: 9787510153327 / Publisher: 中国人口出版社
  • Compatible with Luka Reading Robot which has high-quality narration

This is a sweet story about a child and close relationship with her beloved grandmother.  The story opens with the grandmother teaching the child about her family and how to finger knit.

However, the grandmother is getting old and ill, and the child has to say goodbye to her.

This story may be sad for a family who has recently lost a loved one, but it may also be therapeutic to read about a child who has suffered grief and heartache.

It’s an opportunity to discuss in a gentle way that our life on Earth is temporary and that our eternal home is Heaven.

最亲爱的奶奶 / 笠井真理
最亲爱的奶奶 / 笠井真理

FREE CHINESE AUDIOBOOKS

Many websites and apps offer FREE multilingual books for kids!

Ximalaya FM is our favorite, and I highly recommend their free Chinese audiobooks for all kids!

Since the entire website and app is in Chinese, please refer to this guide on How to Use Ximalaya if you cannot read Chinese.

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Happy reading, friends!

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