Chinese: An Interactive Picture Word Book

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Learning words in Mandarin Chinese becomes a fun game for kids when they open this brand-new addition to Barron's Hide & Speak series. The book features vertical half-page flaps that extend from the top of the . Kids use the flaps to cover either half of any right-hand page, on which a column of color illustrations adjoins a column of Chinese words that name the illustrated objects. The words column presents the phonetic spelling for each Chinese word as well as a simplified Chinese character to match each ...

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Overview

Learning words in Mandarin Chinese becomes a fun game for kids when they open this brand-new addition to Barron's Hide & Speak series. The book features vertical half-page flaps that extend from the top of the . Kids use the flaps to cover either half of any right-hand page, on which a column of color illustrations adjoins a column of Chinese words that name the illustrated objects. The words column presents the phonetic spelling for each Chinese word as well as a simplified Chinese character to match each picture. After studying the words and pictures, kids use the appropriate cover flap to hide the words. Next, they recite the Mandarin Chinese words out loud as they try to match each picture with the right word. They can reverse the learning process by covering the illustrations that show the Chinese words, and naming the English language equivalent for each. Children can also use an erasable felt-tip pen to write their answers on the cover flaps. The words and pictures on each right-hand page relate to a single theme, such as Dressing Up (learning names for clothes), At the Zoo (animal names), On the Street (cars, trucks, bicycles, buses), My family (names of relatives), and others—10 themes in total. The facing left-hand page shows a large illustration related to the theme along with bilingual descriptive statements.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Featuring an ethnically diverse cast, this book goes beyond the standard picture dictionary to introduce children to Mandarin Chinese vocabulary. The versos feature a large, bright watercolor picture of a family dinner, a party, the zoo, the classroom, the beach, and more. Parts of the scene are numbered and described in sentences that appear in Chinese characters, Pinyin, and an English translation. The facing pages have two columns: one with pictures of key vocabulary words, and the other with the words in characters and Pinyin. The back cover features two "wipe clean" flaps so students can cover one column to test their language skills and write their answers with a water-based felt-tipped pen or marker. The Pinyin system is briefly explained, as are the characters, but the book incorrectly refers to them as the "Chinese alphabet." Some entries would benefit from some cultural explanation, such as the fact that there are different words for older brother and younger brother. Although this title will be most beneficial to supplement more formal Mandarin instruction, kids wanting to learn some vocabulary will easily pick up key words and will enjoy using the flaps to test their new skills.—Jennifer Rothschild, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Oxon Hill, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764145186
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Hide and Speak
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 685,075
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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