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5 Recommended Mandarin Books

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A baby’s first words may be papa or mama, which sound very similar to the Mandarin words for father and mother. Due to our constant use of the English language, it is common of us to neglect teaching the Chinese language to our children, unless they are under the constant care of grandparents who speak the language. Here are some books that may help you to slowly introduce Mandarin words into your child’s vocabulary, or raise their interest in it if they have already begun learning it in pre-school.

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Riding A Bicycle (鸭子骑车记)

Caldecott Honour winner David Shannon applies his wonderful off-beat humour to the story of a duck who decides to try riding a bike and loves it! It’s a vibrant and funny book perfect for reading aloud.

Purchase it here.

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Hugs (抱抱)

As the lonely chimp’s plea for a hug escalates, his friends grow concerned. Can the elephants lead Bobo to his heart’s desire?

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The Curious Cat (那是一个洞吗?)

Translated from a popular Italian series, this colourful and creative board book promises to stretch your child’s imagination and help develop their fine motor skills. Follow a curious cat as it explores the many different holes in its surroundings and be fascinated by what they transform into.

Purchase it here.

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Press Here (点点点)

Translated from the highly acclaimed and bestselling French title by Hervé Tullet, this is a highly creative, interactive and imaginative book that will fascinate both children and adults. Simply press the yellow dot and embark on an exciting adventure of colours and motion. 

Purchase it here.

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Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? (袋鼠也有妈妈吗?)

A beautifully illustrated picture book by renowned author Eric Carle, children will get to meet 11 animals and their mothers, who love them very much. With vibrant collages, simple rhyming and repetitive phrases, this colourful book promises an engaging and enjoyable reading experience.

Purchase it here.

Get your hands on them and let the kids start on these interesting reads!

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