By: Tatsuya Miyanishi
Originally Published in: Japan
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 32-40
Lines per page: 2-8
Price per book: $6.08
Audio book: read by Luka
After the success of his wildly popular Tyrannosaurus book series, acclaimed Japanese author and illustrator Tatsuya Miyanishi 宫西达也 used his endearing illustrations and masterful storytelling to delight children again with this 勇气 (yǒng qì ) series of parables which explore deep themes of human virtue.
Tatsuya Miyanishi's stories are hilarious and heartwarming, celebrating ideals like love, friendship, honesty, and the wisdom.
Tatsuya visited almost every county in Japan, reading his wildly popular stories to children. The Chinese version his stories are continuously sit atop best sellers lists in China. A number of books in this series are among the top 100 most frequently read stories through Luka, the children's picture book reading companion.
The Chinese translation of this series is superb, expertly done by accomplished children's literary author, historian and critic 朱自强, who is also Vice Chairman of China Society For The Studies of Children's Literature.
Why we love these books for Chinese language learners:
- Expansive but conversational languages
- Engaging stories
- Perfect extensive reading material for children learning to read
Book titles:《正义之士(zhèng yì zhī shì)》The Good Guy
《野狼瘪肚子(yě láng biē dù zǐ)》The Wild Wolf's Empty Belly
《赞成！(zàn chéng)》I Agree
《大口大口地吃，好吃极了(dà kǒu dà kǒu dì chī , hǎo chī jí le)》Gobble, Gobble! Yummy, Yummy!
《小兔阿布和布娃娃 (xiǎo tù ā bù hé bù wá wá)》Little Bunny Abu And A Baby Doll
《小猪，别哭了(xiǎo zhū, bié kū le)》Don't Cry, Little Pig
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Children ages 4+ will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka or a caregiver.
"Read by myself": A perfect early reader that bridges readers ages 6+ to reading chapter books in the future. Children will need to know about 1000 characters to read these books independently.
Option to pair with Luka:
Consider adding Luka, the reading robot, to your order. Luka reads all 6 books included in this set.
Be sure to switch Luka's reading mode in the App to choose the "Luka Original" recording mode if you would like Luka to read the books word for word. For certain stories (《赞成！》I Agree in this set), Luka defaults to read in its "Role Play" reading mode that, instead of reading the text word-for-word, tells the story.
Set Luka in front of a book, and it will read aloud any random 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.