By: Joanna Cole (author), Bruce Degen (illustrator), 蒲公英童书馆(translated)
Originally published in: USA
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 32 pages
Lines per page: 3-6 short lines
Price per book: $2.73
Audio book: All 20 books read by Luka
Translated from the English version as a Level 2 Reader (桥梁版/bridge book), these 20 Chinese 神奇校车 (shén qí xiào chē) books are designed for children as young as 4 years old who are learning to read Chinese independently.
Compared to the other two Magic School Bus Series sets we carry , the Magic School Bus 12-Book Set (Original Picture Book (图画书版)) and the Magic School Bus 10-Book Set (Cartoon Version (动画版)), this Level 2 Reader Bridge version has the least amount of words per page. The text is simple, short and conversational yet exposes young kids to science vocabulary in the format of an exciting Magic School Bus story!
The "uncommon" vocabulary in this set consists mostly of the translated names of 8 students. Although transliterated names can be tricky for young learners, some language immersion experts recommend using real names to help familiarize young learners with Chinese characters that they will encounter later. Although a phonetically translated name may seem to be irrelevant as a "word", each Chinese character in the name is usually a character that a Chinese speaker needs to know. In addition, the 8 students repeatedly appear in all 20 books, making it an excellent book set for young children to learn Chinese characters from names.
These stories captivate kids' imaginations while simultaneously educating them about science. In addition, most of the story lines involve resolving social or emotional issues commonly faced by school-age children.
Book titles:《神奇校车：疯狂的树叶旅行》The Magic School Bus：The Wild Leaf Ride
《神奇校车：雪野迷踪》The Magic School Bus Lost in the Snow
《神奇校车：飞离鸟巢》The Magic School Bus Flies from the Nest
《神奇校车：月球漫步》The Magic School Bus Takes A Moonwalk
《神奇校车：北极探险》The Magic School Bus Arctic Adventure
《神奇校车：体验心脏》The Magic School Bus Has A Heart
《神奇校车：像螃蟹一样爬》The Magic School Bus Gets Crabby
《神奇校车：与恐龙一起飞翔》The Magic School Bus Flies with the Dinosaurs
《神奇校车：丢失的牙齿》The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth
《神奇校车：乘风飞翔》The Magic School Bus：The Wind
《神奇校车：第一次感恩节》The Magic School Bus at the First Thanksgiving
《神奇校车：建造自由女神像》The Magic School Bus Builds the Statue of Liberty
《神奇校车：经历暴风雨》The Magic School Bus Weathers Storm
《神奇校车：飞向太空》The Magic School Bus Blasts into Space
《神奇校车：冬眠》The Magic School Bus Sleeps for the Winter
《神奇校车：在蝙蝠洞里》The Magic School Bus In the Bat Cave
《神奇校车：回收利用》The Magic School Bus Gets Recycled
《神奇校车：困在网中》The Magic School Bus Gets Caught in a Web
《神奇校车：鲨鱼奇遇》The Magic School Bus and the Shark Adventure
《神奇校车：战胜病菌》The Magic School Bus Fights Germs
To learn more about this set and how it compares with other Magic School Bus sets, read this review by Betty Choi at Chalk Academy.
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to Me": Children ages 4+ who like science exploration and have basic Mandarin listening comprehension, or who enjoy the Mandarin version of the animated Netflix series, will enjoy having this book read to them either by Luka or a caregiver.
"Read by Myself": Learners ages 5+ who have a basic foundation reading Chinese books with 3-4 sentence per page, or who knows about 500 Chinese characters will find these books challenging, but will likely recognize 90% of the vocabulary.
Option to pair with Luka:
Luka reads all 20 books in this series!
Set Luka in front of a book, and it will read aloud any page your child turns to. For busy parents who are wrestling with time to sit down with their children as they gravitate towards longer book reading sessions, Luka will really be helpful! Luka creates a unique, independent physical book reading experience even if your child can't read by herself yet.
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