By: Nina Laden, 张芳(translator)
Originally published in: United States
Format: board book
Language: Simplified Chinese
Lines per page: 1 short lines
Price per book: $8.88
Audio book: read by Luka
Originally published in English, the title book in this set was named one of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine's 100 Greatest Books for Kids. The clever design, unique illustration style, and the rhyming English text were undoubtedly responsible.
Although the Chinese translation loses a little because it does not rhyme, these books have quickly become some of our favorites because the vibrant pictures and simple back and forth dialogue help babies and young children learn key vocabulary (in either language), while the signature die-cut interactions keep kids wanting to read these books again and again.
Early Literacy Tip for Parents of Toddlers & Preschoolers: If your child is 2 years or older, get in the habit of pointing your finger at each character as you read along with the stories. You may be surprised by how quickly your child starts to recognize some of those seemingly complicated Chinese characters. Your child may recognize an entire book and get to experience her first proud "I can read a book" moment with this Peek A Who book set!
This set, 5 inch X 5 inch (12.7cm X 12.7cm)--specially designed to fit little hands.
Book titles:《猜猜我是谁》Peek-A Who?
《准备好了吗》Ready, Set, Go!
Is my child ready for this set?
Read to me: Babies and children ages 0-3 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 repetitive common language, makes this series ideal for beginning readers ages 3-5.
Option to pair with Luka:
Consider adding Luka, the reading robot, to your order. Luka reads all 4 books included in this set in both Mandarin Chinese and English. Simply tap Luka's head to switch between the 2 versions.
Luka currently reads one sentence the book Grow Up! differently from the text. Instead of "我要快快长大 wǒ yào kuài kuài cháng dà (I want to grow up fast)”， Luka reads "宝宝长大了 bǎo bǎo cháng dà le (baby grows up to be).“ This is because the publisher updated the translation in this newly released version since Luka's manufacturer did the audio book recording.
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.