mandy and pandy visit china (mandy and pandy series)

Summary:
Mandy and her panda friend visit tourist sites in China. The story is told in both Chinese characters (with English phonetics of the text) and in English.
Educational Themes:
Use this book (with older children) to learn about Chinese culture, history, and geography. The CD will introduce them to the sounds of the language, too.
Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
4 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
0 to 4
Age of child:
Read with 2-year-old and 4-year-old boys.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or skip. You would have to be pretty motivated to teach a non-native speaking 4-year-old Chinese. While the book is interesting to me as an adult, I'm not sure kids are as motivated to learn.
Little Kid Reaction
We read only the English text, but I'm not sure the boys grasped the story. They identified things familiar to them (pandas, airplane), but that is all.
Big Kid Reaction
I didn't really enjoy this book. It was an interesting lesson about Chinese culture and geography, but a little difficult for little ones to grasp the meaning of "country" and distances far away.
Pros:

A simple story introduces Chinese cultural sites.

Cons:

The cartoon drawings did not make much of an impact on the sites of China. Although this is a board book, the concepts are beyond the comprehension of toddlers and preschoolers.


Title Mandy And Pandy Visit China
About

Mandy And Pandy Series

Author Chris Lin
Publisher Mandy and Pandy Books © 2011
Illustrators Ingrid Villalta
ISBN 9780980015621
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.95
Genres Bilingual, Picture Book Series, Interactive Learning, Geography, Foreign Language, Asia | Asian People
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