Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nursery Rhymes in English and Chinese

Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages by Faye-Lynn Wu is an amazing book that we stumbled on in our local library. It is a perfect poetry pick for preschoolers. And while National Poetry Month is nearly over, a child's love of nursery rhymes can last a lifetime! This book is a great investment.
The book is divided into 5 poetry sections: outside, inside, party, play, and night. Within those sections, an English nursery rhyme is paired with a Chinese rhyme based on the same theme. For example, the Mother Goose Rhyme, "Ladybug, ladybug fly away home..." is paired with a Chinese rhyme, "Little Bugs". The pages are bright and colorful and often there is a did you know box that provides facts about the Chinese culture. There are also challenges for the reader to find items in the pictures on each page.
The Chinese poems are written in simplified Chinese characters and the phonetic system called pinyin is provided so English speakers can try to decode the Chinese text.
The book also came with an audio CD which was really well done. The songs are simple and and sung with the accompaniment of an acoustic guitar. Most of the songs have children singing along with an adult female.
On of the reasons this book stood out to me at the library, was because we have a new family member arriving from China soon! My little niece will probably only be 2 1/2 but she may be speaking some Chinese when she comes home... hopefully she will get to come home SOON! She has two older brothers who also were born in China. They both spoke Chinese when they were adopted, but at that time my boys were not yet born or were babies. I loved that we could listen to the audio version of this book and hear the Chinese sounds. We talked a lot about our new cousin. We were able to talk about how some people sound differently than other people and that makes all people special and unique. We talked about our cousin would be learning to speak English and how we would need to be very patient with her as she learns to talk!
One thing that this book says is that it was written to "show that the things that kids love are the same, no matter where they live in the world."
This is a great book for any family or classroom that wants to experience the beauty of two languages having fun with singable rhymes and poems.

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5 comments:

  1. I am currently student teaching and my cooperating teacher's wife is actually student teaching as well! Her placement is in a kindergarten class with about 20 students (16 of which have been in Canada less than 2 months and speak Chinese). I can't wait to share this with her. Thank you!

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  2. How exciting about your family expanding. I hope your new niece is going to adapt quickly to a different language environment. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

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  3. How exciting about your family expanding. I hope your new niece is going to adapt quickly to a different language environment. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

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  4. This looks likwe a great find - pinning!

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  5. We love this book and songs! Both my sobs take mandarin. I blog about it sometimes! TY!

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