Originally Published in: China
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
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.