By: 岸田衿子, Kaoru Shodo, Taeko Oshima and 邓正祺
Originally Published in: Japan & China
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 32
Lines per page: 1-6
Price per book: $13.5
***Luka® ONLY reads 1 of these 3 books.***
In order to bring the culture and authenticity behind the Chinese language to life, the JoJo team reviewed hundreds of picture books by East Asian authors, selected the most-loved books, and curated this special collection of the Best Asian Original Books about Animals for very young children: 大河马 (dà hé mǎ) The Big Hippo，我家是动物园 (wǒ jiā shì dòng wù yuán) My Home Is A Zoo, and 烟花 (yān huā）Fireworks.
Why we selected these books:
- Simple, authentic and conversational language. For example, in 烟花 Fireworks, phrases such as "买二送一 (buy two get one free)“ vividly bring to life the shouts of a Chinese street vendor. Unfortunately, such fun, contemporary and authentic language is rarely seen in Chinese children's literature!
- One to six short sentences per page.
- Good, fun stories that children want to read again and again.
- Representations of Asian characters and culture.
- Beautiful illustrations done by a new generation of Asian artists.
A young boy spends a day at the zoo with his pet turtle, the Big Hippo, and the Baby Hippo. This book is an adorable celebration of a child's reverence for zoo animals as well as an introduction to subtle features of Japanese culture such as traditional Japanese flip-flops (Geta 木屐)--a perfectly calming book to read before bed. (Luka® does not read this book)
Fox and Badger are best friends. Together, they buy 3 fireworks from a street vendor. Fox lights the 1st firework right away in the open field so that all the other animals can enjoy it too, but Badger doesn't want to share the view of his fireworks. What ensues is a hilarious lesson about the benefits of sharing.
《我家是动物园》My Home Is A Zoo
In this Japanese book that opens and reads from right to left, a little kid introduces you to his loving family--the Lion (dad), the Racoon (mom), the Giraffe (granddad), the Fox (grand mom), the Rabbit (sister), the Whale Brothers (pet goldfish), and finally, the most important member of the family... the warm, calm, huggable and dozing Owl (great grand mom)! A fun read and a perfect opportunity to discuss the respect and care for seniors implicit in Japanese culture--it's no wonder they have one of the healthiest elderly populations in the world! (Luka® does not read this book)
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Children age 2+ will enjoy having these books read to them either by a caregiver.
"Read by myself": The simple, limited text per page and the prevalence of common, repetitive language from daily life, make this series a good choice for beginning readers ages 3+. Beginner readers who know about 500 characters will be able to read these books independently with occasional assistance!