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.
A simple story introduces Chinese cultural sites.
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.
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.
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.
This is a bilingual board book in English and Chinese. It comes with a CD
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.
4 to 8
0 to 4
Read with 2-year-old and 4-year-old boys.
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.