By: Christian Jolibois, Cristian Elysch (Illustrator), and 郑迪蔚 (Translator)
Originally Published in: France
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 48
Lines per page: 2-13
Luka® can read these books!
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.
《我想去看海》(Wǒ xiǎng qù kàn hǎi) I Want to See the Ocean
《我想有颗星星》(Wǒ xiǎng yǒu kē xīngxīng) I Want to Have a Star
《我想有个弟弟》(Wǒ xiǎng yǒu gè dìdì) I Want A Brother
《我去找回太阳》(Wǒ qù zhǎo huí tàiyáng) I Will Get The Sun Back
《我爱小黑猫》(Wǒ ài xiǎo hēi māo) I Love The Black Kitten
《我能打败怪兽》(Wǒ néng dǎbài guàishòu) I Can Defeat the Monster
《我要找到朗朗》(Wǒ yào zhǎodào lǎnglǎng) I Must Find Lang Lang
《我不要被吃掉》(Wǒ bùyào bèi chī diào) I Must Not Be Eaten
《我好喜欢她》(Wǒ hǎo xǐhuān tā) I Really Like Her
《我要救出贝里奥》(Wǒ yào jiùchū bèi lǐ ào) I Must Rescue Beili'ao
《我不是胆小鬼》(Wǒ bùshì dǎnxiǎoguǐ) I Am Not Scared
《我爱平底锅》(Wǒ ài píngdǐ guō) I Love the Pan
《我唤醒了睡美人》(Wǒ huànxǐngle shuì měirén) I Woke Up the Sleeping Beauty
《我登上了逍遥岛》(Wǒ dēng shàngle xiāoyáo dǎo) I Found the Xiaoyao Island
《我要战胜魔法屋》(Wǒ yào zhànshèng mófǎ wū) 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 limited text per page and the prevalence of common language make it a good "bridge book" for readers. The involved plot and detailed illustrations will capture the interest of experienced 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 many other versions including a 12-book sets without Pinyin. Pinyin adds support for and builds confidence of budding Chinese readers. In addition, the 15-book Pinyin set we recommend here has larger pages and larger font sizes, and is printed on higher quality glossy paper, a classic book set made to last.
Option to pair with Luka®:
Consider adding Luka®, the reading robot, to your order. Luka® reads 70,000 books in Mandarin Chinese!
Set Luka® in front of the book, and it 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 themselves. Click to read our founders' personal review of Luka here.