Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers and Jokes 4-Book Set
Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers and Jokes 4-Book Set
Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers and Jokes 4-Book Set
Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers and Jokes 4-Book Set
Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers and Jokes 4-Book Set
Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers and Jokes 4-Book Set
Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers and Jokes 4-Book Set
Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers and Jokes 4-Book Set
Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers and Jokes 4-Book Set

Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers and Jokes 4-Book Set

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By: 北猫  
Format: paperback 
Origin: China 
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 135
Lines per page: 2-15
Price per book: $6.38
Audio Book: read by Luka

But seriously...

Did you know that humor has been shown to boost retention in learning? 

Did you know that the ACTFL reserves "understand(ing) most jokes and puns" for their absolute highest ("Distinguished") proficiency level?

 

This 米小圈脑筋急转弯 (mǐ xiǎo quān nǎo jīn jí zhuǎn wān) Mi Xiao Quan Brain Teasers set is a companion to the wildly popular 米小圈上学记 (mǐ xiǎo quān shàng xué jì) Mi Xiao Quan's School Experience set

In this Brainteaser set, the funny, playful elementary school boy Mi Xiao Quan, invites young readers to enjoy jokes and brain teasers.

Each book divides the brain teasers into three competitive levels. The beginning of each level starts with a brief story about Mi Xiao Quan to set the stage. 

These books are designed to be portable (5.69 in X 6.75 in) (15cm X 17cm), so that kids can keep them on hand for frequent reference or to enjoy in their snippets of free time. (Dare we say it, these books would make great restroom readers for older kids!)

Each page contains a joke or brain teaser whose answer is revealed on the next page. Both the brain teasers and the answers are illustrated in color with limited text

These illustrated jokes and brain teasers are not only a must-have bridge book series to prepare your child for more advanced chapter book reading, but also a great peek into Chinese language and modern Chinese culture. All primary school age children that JoJo interviewed in China, boys or girls, recommended the Mi Xiao Quan series as some of their favorite books. 

Examples of the jokes and brain teasers: 

  • 什么事你明明没有做,却要受罚?-家庭作业  (What thing do you get punished for even when you obviously did not do it?-Homework)

  • 什么人最不怕冷?-雪人(What "person" is not scared of being cold? -Snow person (snowman))
  • 三面墙一面空,小孩子在当中。(打一字)-匹(What is the Chinese character: three solid walls, and one missing wall, inside, a little kid (儿) stand tall.  -匹)

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:

 《米小圈脑筋急转弯:谁是聪明人》Mi Xiao Quan:  Who Is The Smart Person? 
 《米小圈脑筋急转弯:脑力大挑战》Mi Xiao Quan:  The Brain Challenge 
 《米小圈脑筋急转弯:古堡大冒险》Mi Xiao Quan:  The Ancient Castle Adventure 
 《米小圈脑筋急转弯:机灵小神童》Mi  Xiao Quan: The Child Prodigy
 

Is my child ready for this set?

"Read to me": Children ages 6+ will enjoy having this series read to them.
"Read by myself": Children ages 6+ who are capable of fluently reading advanced leveled readers or other books with 4-5 lines of text should be able to enjoy this series. 
Some of the jokes in these books will not be immediately obvious to a non-native child but, in our mind, this is not a bad thing.  Kids are curious about humor and sometimes trying to understand a simple joke will open the door to a gaining a much deeper understanding of Chinese culture. 
     

Option to pair with Luka

Consider adding Luka, the reading robot, to your order. Luka reads all of the four 135-page books included in this set! It is a rare bridge book series that are available in Luka's library. 

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 can't read by herself yet. 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.  

Happy learning!