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Snails 水牛儿 Chinese children Book 9787551546614 保冬妮
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Snails 水牛儿 Chinese children Book 9787551546614 保冬妮
Snails 水牛儿 Chinese children Book 9787551546614 保冬妮
Snails 水牛儿 Chinese children Book 9787551546614 保冬妮
Snails 水牛儿 Chinese children Book 9787551546614 保冬妮
Snails 水牛儿 Chinese children Book 9787551546614 保冬妮
Snails 水牛儿 Chinese children Book 9787551546614 保冬妮
Snails 水牛儿 Chinese children Book 9787551546614 保冬妮

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By: 保冬妮
Originally Published in: China
Format: Hardcover
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 32
Lines per page: 1-3
Audio book: read by Luka 

By celebrated Chinese children's book author, 保冬妮 Bao Dongni, this beautifully-illustrated book Snails 水牛儿 (shuǐ niú ér ) (also translated as The Way Home from School )tells a heartwarming story about family, resilience, mindfulness and gratitude, in the setting of a Hutong, a troditional courtyard residence in Beijing, China.  

Settign in the background of the late 80s, 保冬妮 tells a story about a hard-working mother who creatively responds to her daughter's inquiry about why they have to walk home in the rain while her classmates ride in cars. The mother-daughter's walking-home-journey turns into an eye-opening exploration of the sounds, animals and plants in the rain, as well as simple yet inspiration-filled conversations between a mother and a child.  If your child loves realistic stories such as the Caldecoot Honor book 市场街最后一站 Last Stop on Market Street, this is a wonderful original Chinese story just for her/him. 

Why we love these books: 

  • Simple dialogues and short texts
  • Manifest of contemperary Chinese culture
  • Children love to sing the troditional nursery rhyme about snails along the reading 
  • Heart-warming realistic stories
  • Include diverse autentic Asian characters
  • Portray strong, resilient, wise and loving female characters 
  • Both full opportunities to highlight positive character traits
  • Beautiful illustration with a mix of troditional and contemperary Chinese 

Book titles: 

《水牛儿》Snails

    Is my child ready for this set?

    "Read to me": Children age 2+  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 5+. 

    Option to pair with Luka

    Consider adding Luka, the reading robot, to your order. Luka reads all Chinese books included in this collection. 

    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 isn't ready to read by herself. Click to read our founders' personal review of Luka here.   

    Happy learning! 

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