My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book

My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book

Faye-Lynn Wu

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 0804843678

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

My First Book of Chinese Words introduces young children to basic words and concepts in the Chinese language through colorful rhymes and beautiful imagery.

It is a book that parents and young children will enjoy reading together. The Chinese words in the book are all common, everyday items and the rhymes are informative and fun for children.

The goal of My First Book of Chinese Words is to familiarize children with the basic sounds and written characters of Chinese; to introduce core concepts of Chinese culture and to illustrate the ways in which Chinese sounds differ from English ones. Teachers and parents will welcome the cultural notes at the back of the book and appreciate how the book is organized using a familiar ABC structure. Each word is presented in Chinese characters (both Simplified and Traditional) as well as Romanized Pinyin for easy pronunciation.

With the help of this book, we hope more children (and adults) will soon join the more than one billion people worldwide who speak Chinese!

















permission from the publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Wu, Faye-Lynn. My first book of Chinese words : an ABC rhyming book / by Faye-Lynn Wu ; illustrated by Aya Padrón. p. cm. ISBN: 978-1-4629-1183-7 (ebook) 1. Chinese language--Textbooks for foreign speakers--English--Juvenile literature. 2. Chinese characters--Juvenile literature. I. Padrón, Aya, ill. II. Title. PL1129.E5W723 2012 495.1'82421--dc23 2012029068 Distributed by North America, Latin America & Europe

color red stands for happiness. It is usually used to decorate when festivals come around, like Chinese New Year and weddings and many other celebrations. 13 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 13 9/7/12 5:40 PM I is for ice. We call it b -ng. It’s cold in my mouth, but then soon it’s melting. ѩ The letter i Chinese sounds like e does in English words like “bee” and “feet.” In pinyin, i is always followed by a consonant. 14 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 14 9/13/12 11:59 AM ࡌ J is for

jia-. My home is my nest, a place to return to— that’s where I rest. 15 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 15 9/7/12 5:40 PM ॾ ሷ K is for kuàizi, chopsticks—it takes two to bring yummy bites from your plate to you. 16 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 16 9/12/12 9:14 AM ੊ simplified Ꮭ traditional L is for lóng. Dragon power is good. With a big, mighty roar dragon guards our neighborhood. In Chinese culture the dragon means strength, generosity, and good luck. In Chinese neighborhoods

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with sweet bean paste. Yum! 7 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 7 9/12/12 9:14 AM Ҷ C is for chá, a steaming cup of tea. We all sit around the table, and the cup is passed from you to me. Tea is the most common drink among Chinese people. It is enjoyed with meals and snacks, and also with company. 8 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 8 9/7/12 5:40 PM ֮ ੍ simplified D is for de-nglóng, lantern hung up high— a bright paper lamp against the night sky. ጜ ᛻ traditional Lanterns represent

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