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Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set
Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set

Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie 17-Book Set

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By: Mo Willems, 戴永翔  (translator)  
Originally Published in: US 
Format: softcover
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 57
Lines per page: 0-3
Price per book: $5.26
Audio book: read by Luka 

If there was ever a series we doubted could be translated into another language without losing its charm, Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie series would be it! However, Chinese translator 戴永翔 has done a great job preserving the essence of Mo Willems' signature style in these translated editions.

Why we love these books: 

  • Simple dialogues in LARGE speech bubbles 
  • Repetitive phrases and common expressions 
  • Carefully scripted text in a conversational style
  • Most importantly, kids find them laugh-out-loud funny

All these features make these books incredibly engaging beginner books for even the youngest Chinese learners.  Children who knows about 300-500 Chinese character would feel an incredible sense of accomplishment and build their reading confidence as they complete each 57-page book!   

Differences between the two Elephant & Piggie book sets we carry: 

We also carry an Elephant & Piggie 5-Book Set, which includes 5 hardcover books that are not included in this 17-book set.  

Both Elephant & Piggie Book sets are decent translations that have preserved Mo Willems' books' playfulness, simplicity and humor. There is, however, one main translation difference:  The 17-book set translated the elephant's name "Gerald" phonetically into a Chinese name "杰拉(jié lā), “  while the 5-book set translated "Gerald" into "小象"(xiǎo xiàng Little Elephant).   Although "杰拉(jié lā), " as a translated name, is not considered frequently-used vocabulary,  each character by itself is high frequency character: "杰 (jié, excellent", and 拉(lā, pull).  

Book titles: 

《今天我要飞!》Today I Will Fly!
《我的朋友不开心》My Friend Is Sad
《第一次参加派对!》I Am Invited To A Party
《你头上有只鸟!》There Is A Bird On Your Head
《吓你一跳!》I Will Surprise My Friend!
《看我来扔球!》Watch Me Throw The Ball
《大象不会跳舞!》Elephant Cannot Dance 
《我要走了!》I Am Going!
《我能一起玩吗?》Can I Play Too?
《我们在一本书里!》We Are In A Book
《要不要分享冰激凌?》Should I Share My Ice Cream? 
《听我吹小号!》Listen To My Trumpet 
《开车去兜风!》Let's Go For A Drive!
《大个子抢了我的球!》A Big Guy Took My Ball!
《我是一只青蛙!》I'M A Frog!
《新朋友真有趣!》My New Friend Is So Fun!
《等待真不容易!》Waiting Is Not Easy!

    Is my child ready for this set?

    "Read to me": Children age 1+  will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka or a caregiver.

    "Read by myself": The simple, limited text per page and the prevalence of common, repetitive language from daily life, makes this series a good choice for beginning readers ages 3+. 

    Option to pair with Luka

    Consider adding Luka, the reading robot, to your order. Luka reads all 17 books included in this set in Chinese.  Luka also reads 8 books in this set both in Chinese and English (just tap Luka's head twice to switch languages). The 8 books that Luka reads both in English and Chinese are:   

    《吓你一跳!》I Will Surprise My Friend!
    《第一次参加派对!》I Am Invited To A Party
    《看我来扔球!》Watch Me Throw The Ball
    《今天我要飞!》Today I Will Fly!
    《你头上有只鸟!》There Is A Bird On Your Head
    《大个子抢了我的球!》A Big Guy Took My Ball!
    《开车去兜风!》Let's Go For A Drive!
    《新朋友真有趣!》My New Friend Is So Fun!

     

    Be sure to switch Luka's reading mode in the App or tap Luka's head to choose the Chinese recording!

    Set Luka in front of a book, and it will read aloud any random 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.   

    Happy learning! 

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