I love book signings. So when my friend Tracey told me about a book signing last Sunday with author Chris Lin, who writes bilingual Chinese-English children’s books, I was game.
The Mandy and Pandy board book series is colorful, educational, and fun. And each book includes a CD of the stories so children and adults can hear the correct pronunciation.
I wish these books had been available when my oldest son was a toddler. But as Lin’s books are marketed to all ages, it’s not too late for Jake to enjoy them and see how much Chinese he already understands from years of Saturday and after school Mandarin classes.
I certainly could have gained something from books like these when I started learning Mandarin more than 20 years ago, toiling away with characters, pinyin (the mainland Chinese romanization), and tones. Again, it’s never too late to brush up.
Fortunately, my two youngest kids can benefit from an early exposure to Mandarin. I bought four of the six Mandy and Pandy books at the signing for the discounted price of $8.88 each (the discount is also available online for a limited time):
- Mandy and Pandy Say “Ni Hao Ma?”
- Mandy and Pandy Play Sports
- Mandy and Pandy Visit the Zoo
- Mandy and Pandy Visit China
There is also a book about counting and one about colors.
My kids love them and I’m sure I’ll get quite a bit of use from them too, refining my vocabulary and tones.
Tai hao le. Wonderful.