By: 葛欣, 徐莉
Originally Published In: China
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 30
Lines per page: 1-5
Price per book: $6.43
After reviewing several picture books that discuss Chinese festivals, we selected this 7-book collection: 中国传统节日故事 (zhōng guó chuán tǒng jiē rì gù shì) Traditional Chinese Festivals as the best.
Why we love these books:
- While most festival-themed stories are about tales and myth, these stories are centered around the contemporary, everyday life of two siblings, 团团 and 圆圆. The pages are filled with the holiday customs of a modern Chinese family.
- Readers are invited to discover the tales and traditions together with 团团 and 圆圆 as the siblings participate in festival activities and adventures.
- The stories include all seven major traditional festivals essential to the Chinese cultural experience.
- Adorable illustrations.
- Hands-on crafts are included for kids to make a New Year red envelope and a firecracker.
- Simple, short text and everyday expressions make it an easy read for non-native Chinese readers.
Book titles:《春节》(chūn jié) The Spring Festival ( Lunar New Year)
《元宵节》(yuán xiāo jié) Lantern Festival
《清明节》(qīng míng jié) Qing Ming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day)
《端午节》(duān wǔ jié) Dragon Boat Festival
《七夕节》(qī xī jié) Qixi Festival (Valentine's Day)
《中秋节》(zhōng qiū jié) Full Moon Festival
《重阳节》(zhóng yáng jié) Double Ninth Festival ( Seniors' Day)
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me":
Children ages 3+ will enjoy having these books read to them.
"Read by myself":
The New Year vocabulary, relatively short text and everyday language make these books an ideal learning-to-read material for children ages 5+.