By: Raina Telgemeier , 刘巍 (translator)
Originally Published In: United States
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 210
Lines per page: 5-15 conversation bubbles
Price per book: $13.17
We know how challenging it can be to find engaging age-appropriate books for older Mandarin learners whose English reading level has quickly outpaced their Chinese reading level.
The New York Tims bestselling and Eisner award-winning Smile, Sisters and Drama now come in Chinese!
With seemingly omnipresent English versions available at school and public libraries and "cool" full-color panel illustrations filling every page, this series is the perfect way to gradually introduce your school-age Mandarin learner and fan to reading chapter books in Simplified Chinese!
After a fall which damages her two front teeth, Raina begins a long journey filled with orthodontic intervention. Meanwhile, there are a slew of other things in this sixth grader's life that are adding to her adolescent anxiety, including a major earthquake, boy trouble and typical cliquish drama.
Raina has always wanted to be a big sister, but after the the baby arrives she starts to wonder why. Although very cute, her new sister is also very needy. Their relationship does not start to improve until the arrival of a new young brother for both of them and they start really working together when things between their parents don't quite seem right.
Kelly, passionate about theater, immersed herself in Eucalyptus Middle School's production of "The Moon on the Mi River." Despite her singing limitations, she excelled as a set designer. This year, she aimed to achieve a Broadway-level set on a tight budget. However, she grappled with limited carpentry skills, dwindling ticket sales, and challenges collaborating with the cast. As the performances unfolded, chaos ensued, exacerbated by a mischievous pair of twin brothers.
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me":
Ages 7+ will enjoy having these books read to them.
"Read by myself":
Students ages 9+ who are already reading Chinese bridge books and who have already read this series in English will enjoy these books. Although there is no pinyin in this series, the graphic novel format allows students to pick up on context clues and continue reading even if they encounter a few unfamiliar characters per page.