By: Mayuko Kishira, 彭懿(translator)
Originally Published in: Japan
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 40
Lines per page: 1-3
Audio book: read by Luka
公鸡的新邻居(gōng jī de xīn lín jū) Rooster’s New Neighbor is a story from Japanese author illustrator pair Mayuko Kashira and Jun Takabatake about persistence,creative problem-solving, and our innate desire for connection—even when we don’t think we need it.
A rooster lives happily by himself in a house with a red roof. Every day, the rooster wakes with the sun and, after each meal, he does as he pleases. When the sun goes down, he goes to bed. One day, he notices a package outside the blue-roofed house next door which used to be empty. Someone must have moved in! He is very curious to meet his neighbor. For several days he tries to get a glimpse of his mysterious neighbor, but he doesn’t see anyone! Finally, he writes a letter inviting his neighbor over. His neighbor, an owl, has also been very curious about who lives next door as he has not seen anyone outside the red house at night. He gladly accepts the invitation. The next day, the rooster waits & waits all day long. Finally, when he is ready to give up, he decides to go outside and check. The two neighbors finally meet & come up with am plan to keep in touch!
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Ages 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 common language from daily life make it a good "bridge book" for readers. The involved plot and detailed illustrations will capture the interest of experienced readers, ages 5+.
Option to pair with Luka:
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