By: Disney, translated by 沈金花 etc.
Originally Published In: United States
Language: Simplified Chinese and English
Pages per book: 96
Lines per page: 3-8 lines
Price per book: $13.30
Audio book: All 3 books read by Luka in Chinese and English
Finally, your child's favorite Disney stories are available in both Chinese and English!
If your child is already familiar with these stories because they have seen the movies (once, twice, or a thousand times!), then they are already prepared for a scaffolded reading experience when they read or listen to these stories in Chinese.
Perfect for a child with about 1000 Chinese characters under his or her belt to read independently or for a younger child to "read up" with Luka or a care giver.
The Chinese translations of these books have been well done and use very common language. The only unusual translation is of the characters' names.
Although transliterated names can seem difficult for young learners to grasp, 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.
For example, in the Lion King, "Simba" is translated into 辛 巴 ( xīn bā): 辛, hard or exhausting; 巴 long for, cling to. Both characters belong to the most frequently used 1000 Chinese characters. 巴, by itself is also a key radical that forms common characters such as 爸 (bà), dad. In addition, the word 辛 巴 has become a "real" and common word for children as the Disney movie and story have become part of the Chinese pop culture.
Each page of the book contains a word bubble for Key Vocabulary or Advanced Vocabulary.
Each book ends with a few exercises derived from the stories.
Each of the books in this set is a substantial 90-page story. Great opportunity to increase Chinese listening time!
Book titles:《超能陆战队》Big Hero 6
《狮子王》The Lion King
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Children ages 4+ will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka or a caregiver.
"Read by myself": A perfect high-interest book to stretch the vocabulary of young readers. Chinese learners who know about 1000 characters will be able to independently read these books with minimal assistance.
Option to pair with Luka:
Consider adding Luka, the reading robot, to your order. Luka reads all 3 books included in this set both in English and in Chinese. Tap Luka's head to switch the language he is reading in. Each book is about 30 minutes of engaging, independent reading time with Luka! Please note: Luka does NOT read the "Key Vocabulary" bubbles on each page, only the stories.
Set Luka in front of a 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 herself. Looking for a toy that is both cool and educational? Consider Luka!
In total, Luka reads 30,000 Chinese children's picture books and 6,000 English Children's books. Click to read our founders' personal review of Luka here.