By: Wakiko Sato,
Originally Published in: Japan
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 32
Lines per page: 1-6
Audio book: read by Luka
洗个不停的妈妈 (xǐ gè bú tíng de mā mā) Washing Crazy Ma is a hilarious story about a Japanese folktale and a mom who is not to be messed with.
Mom loves to wash. One day, after she’s washed everything inside the house, she asks her kids to find something else to wash. Knowing what’s coming, the kids and pets run away but their efforts are thwarted and they are washed clean! As mom hangs everything and everybody on the lines to dry, their bare belly buttons attract a thunder god. (Japanese kids are told to cover up their belly buttons during thunderstorms, because the thunder god Raijin is said to have an insatiable appetite for navels! ) Mom washes Raijin clean and the kids paint him a handsome face. When mom washes again, thousands of thunder gods come down for a wash!
This truly memorable and slightly outrageous story is a great way to introduce kids to different cultures via a folktale and a daily routine so common in places.
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Ages 3+ will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka or a caregiver.
"Read by myself": The limited text per page and the prevalence of common language from daily life make it a good "bridge book" for readers. The involved plot and detailed illustrations will capture the interest of experienced 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.
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