By: Anna Dewdney, 雪雁 (Translator)
Originally Published in: United States
Language: Simplified Chinese and English
Pages per book: 30
Lines per page: 2-6
Luka® can read these books!
These 羊驼拉玛 (yáng tuó lā mǎ) Llama Llama books are BIG, beautiful, and bilingual in Chinese and English!
Already loved by millions of kids in America, the Llama Llama series is increasingly becoming popular in China, and for good reason.
Each story, written in rhyming English verse and translated to rhyme in Chinese where possible, portrays little "Llama Llama's" big emotions as he faces the daily struggles of a preschooler.
It is a real challenge to translate rhyming English verse, but Llama Llama's Chinese version did not get lost in translation! Experienced translator 雪雁 preserved the playfulness and simplicity of the daily language, while making the Chinese text rhyme where possible.
In every story Llama Llama learns a little more about the world and how to manage his emotions. And the reader becomes more attached to the impossibly endearing character.
Even parents can take a lesson from this series by following the example of Mama Llama, a loving and patient parent who strikes the balance between gentle and firm that most of us human parents strive to maintain!
The only drawback about this set is that the English font is larger and more prominent than the Chinese font. For this reason, if your child already knows how to read English, it might be difficult for them to focus on the Chinese text unless you cover the English up. The text is plentiful, but, students capable of reading 1000 characters should be able with limited assistance.
《穿红衣的拉玛》(Chuān hóng yī de lā mǎ) Llama Llama Red Pajama
《拉玛生妈妈的气》(Lā mǎ shēng māmā de qì) Llama Llama Mad at Mama
《拉玛想妈妈》(Lā mǎ xiǎng mā mā) Llama Llama Misses Mama
《拉玛过圣诞节》(Lā mǎ guò shèng dàn jié) Llama Llama Holiday Drama
《拉玛和妈妈在家》 (Lā mǎ hé mā mā zài jiā) Llama Llama Home with Mama
《拉玛学会了分享》(Lā mǎ xué huì le fēn xiǎng) Llama Llama Time to Share
《拉玛和捣蛋鬼》(Lā mǎ hé dǎodàn guǐ) Llama Llama and the Bully Goat
《拉玛和外婆外公》(Lā mǎ hé wài pó wài gōng) Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa
The following 6 books in this set also have corresponding episodes on the popular Netflix original series which are available in English and Mandarin (as well as Spanish, French, and German!):
- Llama Llama and the Bully Goat (Season 1, Episode 2, 2nd Half)
- Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa (Season 1, Episode 3, 1st Half "Forgotten Fuzzy")
- Llama Llama Home with Mama (Season 1, Episode 3, 2nd Half)
- Llama Llama Red Pajama (Season 1, Episode 4, 1st Half)
- Llama Llama Time to Share (Season 1, Episode 4, 2nd Half)
- Llama Llama Mad at Mama (Season 1, Episode 5, 1st Half -"Shopping Drama")
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me":
Ages 2-5 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 6-7.
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.