By: Kazuo Iwamura
Originally Published In: Japan
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 28
Lines per page: 3-6 line
Price per book: $7.38
Audio book: read by Luka®
After Iwamura's popular The 14 Forest Mice Series, came these equally endearing Japanese classics The 7 Little Mice 七只老鼠 (qī zhī lǎo shǔ) in simplifed Chinese. This version has also been expertly translated into Chinese by 彭懿，one of our favorite Chinese authors and translators.
Twins, triplets, quintuplets...you'd think that would be a lot of siblings! This, however, is an even crazier story about septuplets-- seven little mice!
In spring, the septuplets' mom coaxes them to school by helping them form a train. What will they encounter in the big, dark forest?
In summer, the septuplets go to the beach with mom and dad. Dad can't swim and gets stuck on an island, what will they do?
In autumn, the septuplets dig out the biggest sweet potato they've ever seen. How will they get it home?
In winter, the septuplets go fishing on a frozen lake. How will they catch any fish?
When the now famed writer and artist Iwamura was 36 years old, he and his wife moved to live a quiet life in the remote countryside of Japan and he devoted himself to a detached creative life. Nature was his passion, and nature rewarded him with abundant inspiration as evidenced in his books and paintings. Since The 14 Forest Mice Book Series was published 30 years ago, it has became a must-read Japanese children's book and has sold 10 million copies worldwide. The Chinese version of the 7 Little Mice Series alone has sold 400,000 copes .
The simplicity of life, the warmth of a big family, the abundance of love, and the visual feast of mother nature portrayed in the exquisite, detailed illustrations invite young readers to spend hours pouring over the pages of Iwamura's works.
The 7 Little Mice 4-Book Set is a slightly longer story (3-6 lines of text for each page) than the 14 Forest Mice 12-book set (1 line of text per page). Both sets' detailed illustrations serve as visual scaffolding allowing readers to infer meaning of unfamiliar words or phrases.
Book titles:《7只老鼠去上学, qī zhī lǎo shǔ qù shàng xué》 7 Little Mice Go to School
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Children ages 3+ will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka® or a caregiver.
"Read by myself": Young readers 5+ who know about 500 Chinese characters will enjoy reading the stories with some assistance.
Option to pair with Luka®:
Consider adding Luka®, the reading robot, to your order. Luka® reads all 4 books included in this set.
Set Luka® in front of a book, and he will read aloud any page your child turns to-- creating a unique, independent physical book reading experience even if your child isn't ready to read by herself. Looking for a toy that is both cool and educational? Consider Luka®!
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