A Nest in Springtime: A Mandarin Chinese-English bilingual book of numbers

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In English and Mandarin Chinese, Belle Yang's bilingual board books celebrate the natural world with simple concepts and beautiful, bold illustrations.

In springtime, when wild geese come to nest, there are eggs for counting. But how many goslings will there be? And how many in the whole paddling family, when Papa and Mama join them? Tonal marks used in the book are explained in a final spread, along with a pinyin translation of the Chinese ...

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Overview

In English and Mandarin Chinese, Belle Yang's bilingual board books celebrate the natural world with simple concepts and beautiful, bold illustrations.

In springtime, when wild geese come to nest, there are eggs for counting. But how many goslings will there be? And how many in the whole paddling family, when Papa and Mama join them? Tonal marks used in the book are explained in a final spread, along with a pinyin translation of the Chinese characters.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This bilingual offering blooms.
—Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
This bilingual offering blooms. Geese prepare their nest for their brood, carefully arranging it for their eight eggs. One month passes, and the parents welcome their babies with open wings. The little birds follow their proud mama and papa out of the nest to swim--but one goes missing! Readers have little to fear, as the little one is found almost immediately. The text is rendered separately in English and Mandarin. Mandarin characters appear on the left-hand page, and the corresponding English text is placed on the right; the consistency provides a pleasant stability. A pronunciation guide on the last page gives some access to the Chinese characters, but the explanation of the pitched tones is too simplified to be very helpful. Charcoal gray with mauve and royal purple accents contributes a heavily soothing tone to the outdoor scenes; swirling periwinkle blue and striking forest green provide depth to water and land. Spring turns to summer with a similar style in Summertime Rainbow; gouache spreads feature eager bunnies exploring a field of bright flowers. Welcome additions. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763652791
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Edition description: Bilingual Edition: Mandarin & Eng
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 708,466
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Belle Yang is the author-illustrator of Foo, the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond; Hannah Is My Name; and Always Come Home to Me, a Chinese American Librarians Association Best Children's Book. She lives in California.
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