A few months ago, my daughter enjoyed reading the Shapes Chinese books 形状万花筒, so I ordered the Taoshu series, a popular set by the same Peach Blossom Media publisher. Although I heard rave reviews from other parents, my daughter actually does not like these books! I was surprised because she loved the Shapes series. But I am still writing this review since other kids might like them. Taoshu books have large font and nice CDs for young children and beginner readers learning simplified Chinese.
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Title: Taoshu Chinese Books《淘树的故事》幼儿华文读物 生活篇, 个性篇
- Volume 1: 9789810863005
- Volume 2: 9789810863012
- Volume 3: 9789810863029
- Volume 4: 9789810863043
Author: Tu, Yiling. Su, Zhaorong.
Publisher: Peach Blossom Media 桃源媒体公司, Singapore, 2010
Type: Picture books, readers
Age: 3-7 years
Language: Simplified Chinese, Pinyin, English
Where to buy:
Quick review of Taoshu Chinese books
Taoshu books are based on a Taoshu TV show. The Taoshu book series is great for beginner readers because of the BIG simplified Chinese characters and engaging story line. Hanyu Pinyin is intermittently added under words that the author considered difficult. The Pinyin is in very small font and does not distract from the Chinese characters. In addition, the back of the book has the entire story with Hanyu Pinyin support. The last page has a complete English translation! Each of these series comes with a narrated CD. For non-fluent families, this is great exposure to native Mandarin pronunciation.
In regards to the illustrations, the Asian-style cartoon characters are bright and colorful. However, my daughter and I don’t like how their heads and eyes are so enlarged (we prefer realistic illustrations like these 林明子 books.) Though this set came highly recommend by many families, my daughter did not really like them, so we have not read most of the stories. Thus, I cannot comment on much of the content since I am waiting to read them with my younger son. I have enjoyed the stories that we have heard and read so far. But you can take a look a the photos in this post to see if it’s a good fit for your family.
Read with me Mommy also carries a set of 5 Taoshu DVDs on Chinese culture and traditions such as festivals, opera, musical instruments, dance, calligraphy, food, martial arts, Chinese medicine, etc. However, many of the TV shows can be viewed on the Peach Blossom media YouTube channel. Some videos are in English and others are in Mandarin Chinese. The Mandarin Chinese videos are as follows:
- Chinese traditions and customs
- What is Chinese calligraphy
- Chinese Chess
- Chinese New Year Traditions
- What is KungFu?
- Mid-Autumn Festival
- Dragon Boat Festival
If you are interested in the videos, may I suggest to reserve them for older children (ages 4+) due to the fast-paced animation. Also, please watch only after reading the stories so that your child has a chance to learn the story. When given the choice, always choose books first and videos last. To learn more about the effects of media on children, please watch this informative TEDx video by Dr. Dimitri Christakis. HealthyChildren.org also has a research-based advice about children’s health, including screen-time guidelines.
Photos of the Taoshu story books
Here is an aerial shot of all of the books and CDs!
Volume 1, Book 1 Taoshu Chinese books
Volume 2, Book 1 Taoshu Chinese books
Volume 3, Book 1 Taoshu Chinese books
Volume 4, Book 1 Taoshu Chinese books
Video sample of Taoshu Book and Audio CD
Here is a close look at the CD that comes with Volume 4, Book 2. The audio narration is very pleasant with soft music in the background.
Here is a peek at the books stacked up! As you can see, the Taoshu paperback books are thin. Since we are running out of space, I don’t mind this!
Where to buy Chinese books for kids
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Chinese audiobooks for kids
For free Chinese audiobooks for children, check out:
- Free Chinese Audiobooks for Children on Ximalaya 喜马拉雅
- How to Use Ximalaya FM When You Can’t Read Chinese
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