If you’re looking for a set of Chinese books for beginner readers, the 亮亮的成長 All About Vicky Set of 30 books and 6 CDs is worth considering for your home library.
These children’s books have big traditional Chinese characters with Zhuyin phonetic support! They are perfect for reading practice after leveled readers such as Sagebooks, Greenfield, or LeLe Chinese Readers. Plus, the stories are about common, everyday topics of childhood.
This post gives an overview of the Vick books with photos and sample audio/video. Please find shopping information at the end of the post.
When to consider getting 亮亮的成長 Something About Vicky Chinese books
I bought these books for 2 main reasons: reading practice (traditional Chinese) and discussing everyday topics in Chinese (emotions, relationships, responsibilities). We have a lot of these types of books in simplified Chinese but very few in traditional Chinese.
For reference, my 6-year-old daughter has been reading simplified Chinese characters since age 3 years, but she has had much less practice for longer stories with traditional Chinese characters.
However, if your child is learning to read Chinese characters, this set would be great for practice. For example, Guavarama used them with her children when approximately 300-400 traditional Chinese characters were mastered.
Why we recommend the 亮亮的成長 Something About Vicky Chinese Books
- Reading practice: Provided that your child likes the series, she will have 30 books to practice common Chinese words. Each book is around 25 pages long and labeled with page numbers.
- Easy to read: Large font on white background makes the text comfortable to read. Each page has only a few sentences, and the text is on a separate page from the illustrations
- High-yield topics: Stories are about navigating challenges with behavior, school experiences, and family life. Although we already have some Chinese stories about emotional intelligence, it’s helpful to read about how different families learn from common problems.
- Comprehension check: Each story ends with listening and reading comprehension questions.
- Native Mandarin narration: Audio CDs feature fluent Chinese speaker who narrates the story word for word.
Topics included in the 亮亮的成長 Something About Vicky Chinese Books
The 30 book set covers 3 broad categories with 10 books in each category. Here is the full list of titles:
- 個性 (Gèxìng / Personality)
- (1) 亮亮認錯 (Vicky Makes an Apology)
- (2) 不愛乾淨的亮亮 (Vicky Has a Messy Room)
- (3) 亮亮的煩惱 (Vicky Has a Problem)
- (4) 霸道的亮亮 (Vicky is Unreasonable)
- (5) 貪心的亮亮 (Vicky is Greedy)
- (6) 聰明的亮亮 (Vicky is Clever)
- (7) 傲慢的亮亮 (Vicky is Arrogant)
- (8) 小氣的亮亮 (Vicky is Stingy)
- (9) 壞脾氣的亮亮 (Vicky Has a Bad Temper)
- (10) 愛作夢的亮亮 (Vicky Enjoys Day Dreaming)
- 學校 (Xuéxiào / School life)
- (11) 亮亮上學去 (Vicky Goes to School)
- (12) 危險！亮亮 (Danger! Vicky)
- (13) 亮亮的朋友 (Vicky in Class)
- (14) 教室裡的亮亮 (Vicky is Charitable)
- (15) 亮亮日行一善 (Vicky’s Friends)
- (16) 亮亮亂丟垃圾 (Vicky the Litterbug)
- (17) 貪玩的亮亮 (Playful Vicky)
- (18) 愛闖紅燈的亮亮 (Vicky is Impulsive)
- (19) 愛打棒球的亮亮 (Sporty Vicky)
- (20) 有禮貌的亮亮 (Courteous Vicky)
- 家庭 (Jiātíng / Family)
- (21) 亮亮過新年 (Vicky’s Chinese New Year)
- (22) 亮亮感冒了 (Vicky Likes Her New Pet Dog)
- (23) 亮亮養寵物 (Vicky Gets a Cold)
- (24) 亮亮去拔牙 (Vicky Has a Toothache)
- (25) 怕黑的亮亮 (Vicky is Afraid of the Dark)
- (26) 賴床的亮亮 (Vicky, Hurry Up)
- (27) 偏食的亮亮 (Vicky, Eat All Your Food)
- (28) 亮亮迷路了 (Vicky Got Lost)
- (29) 自私的亮亮 (Vicky is Selfish)
- (30) 亮亮過聖誕 (Vicky’s Christmas)
Chinese books with big font and reading comprehension questions
亮亮的成長 Something About Vicky Chinese books are ideal for the budding reader. As you can see below, the Chinese characters are super big and easy to read!
In addition, each story concludes with questions. These can be helpful prompts for parents or teachers to assess reading comprehension. For children who are not yet reading and only listening to the story, the questions help assess listening comprehension.
CDs of Mandarin Audio Narration
6 CDs are included with the 30 Chinese books.
- CDs 1 and 2 have Chinese stories about 個性 (personality)
- CDs 3 and 4 have Chinese stories about 學校 (school)
- CDs 5 and 6 have Chinese stories about 家庭 (family)
You can see and hear all 30 stories on this YouTube playlist. In case you lose or scratch the CDs, be sure to bookmark this link!
If you are undecided about the books or can’t afford them, these YouTube videos can suffice. However, you may need to pause the video intermittently to discuss content and illustrations with your child(ren).
Here is a sample of one of the Vicky books, 不愛乾淨的亮亮 (Vicky Has a Messy Room).
Downsides of the 亮亮的成長 Something About Vicky Chinese Books
- Busy, cartoonish illustrations – I kind of can’t stand the illustrations, but my usually picky daughter doesn’t mind them. However, I think my son feels the same way as me; he prefers many other books over this set.
- Cost of hardcover books in traditional Chinese – Most of our simplified Chinese books for early readers are paperback and cost a fraction of this price.
- Boring for older kids – If your kids are in elementary school or older, they may find the content to be pretty simple. My daughter was curious about only a few stories (the toothache book was her favorite), but she would rather read more complex narratives, such as I Love Martine 玛蒂娜故事书系列 and 米小圈上学记.
Sample images of the 亮亮的成長 Something About Vicky Chinese Books
亮亮認錯 Vicky Makes an Apology
傲慢的亮亮 Vicky is Arrogant
亮亮亂丟垃圾 Vicky the Litterbug
亮亮去拔牙 Vicky Has a Toothache
亮亮過聖誕 Vicky’s Christmas
Where to buy 亮亮的成長 All About Vicky Chinese Books
Has your family read Something About Vicky 亮亮的成長?
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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.
WHERE TO BUY CHINESE BOOKS FOR KIDS
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