Originally Published in: China
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 143
Lines per page: 2-15
Luka® can read 7 out of the 8 books in this set so far.
The first set in the series that every Chinese grade schooler owns and loves!
米小圈上学记 (mǐ xiǎo quān shàng xué jì) Mi Xiao Quan School Experience is the perfect way to get your young Chinese learner hooked on reading. These illustrated chapter books, very similar to English series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Captain Underpants, chronicle the exploits of a boy named 米小圈(Mǐ Xiǎo Quān).
米小圈(Mǐ Xiǎo Quān), an ordinary primary school boy with a funny name, is cheeky and playful. He takes you through his hilarious daily life from 1st to 4th grade in his Chinese primary school.
This is not only a must-have bridge book series to introduce your child to more advanced chapter book reading, but also a great peek into modern Chinese culture. All primary school age children that JoJo interviewed in China this summer, boys or girls, recommended the Mi Xiao Quan series as some of their favorite books.
The books' pages are mostly text, but there is at least one illustration every couple of pages. It is written in a first-person conversational tone so it is great for learning everyday language. The series progresses in difficulty, so, this first set of books, 米小圈上学记 Grade 1 and 2 ,has Pinyin above the Chinese characters, while the next set, 米小圈上学记 Grade 3 and 4, does not have pinyin.
If your child has been gradually straying away from Chinese books and you are looking for something truly entertaining to get him excited about reading Chinese, try Mi Xiao Quan!
Many parents and educators have found Mi Xiao Quan beneficial for children learning Chinese. Check out mom, pediatrician, and blogger, Betty Choi's 米小圈 book review .
Book titles:米小圈上学记（一年级）Mi Xiao Quan School Experience (1st Grade)
米小圈上学记（二年级）Mi Xiao Quan School Experience (2nd Grade)
* LUKA® DOES NOT CURRENTLY READ THIS BOOK. LUKA® IS ADDING NEW BOOKS TO HIS LIBRARY CONSTANTLY. STAY TUNED!
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me":
Ages 6+ 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+.
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.