Originally Published In: France
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 48
Lines per page: 2-13
Price per book: $5.90
Pinyin: with Pinyin to aid budding Chinese readers
Audio book: read by Luka or publisher
This adorable series 不一样的卡梅拉 (bù yī yàng dí qiǎ méi lā), beautifully translated from the original French version, follows the hilarious and action-packed adventures of a group of chickens. With 50 million copies sold in China, the chicken characters including 卡梅拉 (kǎ méi lā) have become beloved household names.
Every page contains at least one small full-color illustration, but several pages are completely illustrated. The amount of text on each page varies between 2 and 13 lines. It is a perfect reading level before introducing a child to chapter books.
This set is quite substantial as each book is 48 pages long. Although it may sound intimidating, this set will motivate a child who is a fluent reader of "leveled readers" to take their reading to the next level.
Pinyin above the text helps budding readers by allowing them to look up unknown characters, or guess the meaning of words they may have heard, but never seen before.
Want to read about how other moms love to use this series to teach their children to read? Check Betty Choi's book review here.
Book titles:《不一样的卡梅拉-我想去看海》I Want to See the Ocean
《不一样的卡梅拉-我想有颗星星》I Want to Have a Star
《不一样的卡梅拉-我想有个弟弟》I Want A Brother
《不一样的卡梅拉-我去找回太阳》I Will Get The Sun Back
《不一样的卡梅拉-我爱小黑猫》I Love The Black Kitten
《不一样的卡梅拉-我能打败怪兽》I Can Defeat the Monster
《不一样的卡梅拉-我要找到朗朗》I Must Find Lang Lang
《不一样的卡梅拉-我不要被吃掉》I Must Not Be Eaten
《不一样的卡梅拉-我好喜欢她》I Really Like Her
《不一样的卡梅拉-我要救出贝里奥》I Must Rescue Beili'ao
《不一样的卡梅拉-我不是胆小鬼》I Am Not Scared
《不一样的卡梅拉-我爱平底锅》I Love the Pan
《不一样的卡梅拉-我唤醒了睡美人》I Woke Up the Sleeping Beauty
《不一样的卡梅拉-我登上了逍遥岛》I Found the Xiaoyao Island
《不一样的卡梅拉-我要战胜魔法屋》I Must Defeat the Magic House
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Ages 5+ will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka or a caregiver.
"Read by myself": The fast-paced plot and expressive illustrations with Pinyin will entice emerging readers, ages 7+.
Good to know:
Choosing from the many different versions of the Les P'tites Poules 不一样的卡梅拉-book sets on the market can be confusing. We highly recommend this particular 15-book set with Pinyin, versus the 12-book sets without Pinyin (on sale on Amazon). Pinyin adds support for and builds confidence of budding Chinese readers, and the 15-book Pinyin set we recommend here has larger pages and font sizes for children's developing eyes. Also, it is printed on high quality glossy paper.
In theory, you may scan a QR code on the back of the books to access the publisher's own audio book recordings. However, we found it difficult to use: first, the QR code is not linked to a specific book but a website, and you will have to navigate among lists of books to find the right story; second, you must have a WeChat account to access the website; and third, you must be able to read Chinese to navigate the website.
Option to pair with Luka:
Set Luka in front of a book, and it will read aloud any random page your child turns to. Each Les P'tites Poules book takes Luka about 25 minutes to read page by page. Luka will really be helpful for busy parents who are wrestling to find time to read with their children as they gravitate towards longer book reading sessions. Luka creates a unique, independent physical book reading experience even if your child can't read by herself yet.
There is, however, one minor issue parents should be aware: for certain Les P'tites Poules books in this set, Luka may read one or two phrases differently from what's shown on the pages. This is because Luka's existing audio book files are based on an earlier edition of the books sets. Nevertheless, the word-for-word discrepancy occurs so rarely that children may hardly notice.