And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” — F.Scott Fitzgerald
See below for our book recommendations for May! In this month, we would like to share with you some new titles and series that we recommend. If you have any thoughts about these titles, please let us know!
With comical, colourful yet professional illustrations and story lines with strong learning objectives, the bilingual Pre-school Illustrated Chinese for Kids series can easily engage children’s interest in learning Chinese or English. Each book comes with a collection of fun stickers that children can use to accomplish the fun tasks specifically designed to familiarise them with vocabulary and sentence patterns. These engaging activities work as self-assessment after children finish reading each book of the series, and they will never have enough of it! Since this series was created collaboratively by Chinese and Canadian language experts and educators, it is educationally suitable for children learning Chinese or English. Highly recommended!
Book: iChinese – Book 2
Geared to students preparing for the IGCSE Mandarin: Foreign Language and IB Mandarin: ab initio examinations, this book is complete with reading materials, themes, vocabulary lists, and exercises involving four language skills. The iChinese series consists of 2 volumes, with listening materials downloadable online. It is notable for tasks which help students raise intercultural awareness and learn to appreciate a culture different from theirs. Exercises using authentic materials focus on the use of all four skills, making this textbook a comprehensive and engaging guide to developing Chinese language skills at secondary school level. More importantly, iChinese Book 2 comes with full mock exam papers and answer keys for IGCSE Mandarin and IB Mandarin: ab initio, based on real exam formats.
Books in English
Series: Famous Chinese Myths Series
The Famous Chinese Myths Series is a collection of high-quality illustrated storybooks that help English-speaking children know more about Chinese mythology, philosophy , ancient religions, and traditional folklore. With highly saturated colours and vivid images of these illustrations, these story books capture children’s imagination of these well-known Chinese tales. This series comprises 9 story books in English with Chinese translation at the end of each book, including The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea, Chang’e Flying to the Moon, Jingwei Trying to Fill Up the Sea, The Cowherd and the Weaver Maid, and Pangu Separating Heaven and Earth. At the end of some of these stories among all the divergent Chinese philosophies and traditions, the survival of ordinary people against great adversities appears to be the common theme of educational importance.
Book: The Boat to Redemption
Written by Su Tong, a new-generation writer who seemed to have left the traditional Chinese literary traditions behind and embraced a creative, provocative style, this novel is the masterpiece that won Su Tong the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize. The scene is set during the cultural revolution. Ku Wenxue is an influential party official until he is found to have no fish-shaped birthmark on his bottom, meaning that he is not the son of a revolutionary martyr. He embarks on an adventure with his son Dongliang on a barge fleet among a group of ostracised boat people, and starts a new life on an unknown journey onboard. The story depicts the rootless lives, love and desire, the mental struggle between reality and man’s ego, and the seemingly ludicrousness of the nation’s then social and political values.
Books in Chinese