Thursday, January 22, 2009


I thought I would share another bilingual children's book today. This time an English/Chinese book.

The Frog in the Well is a Chinese idiom or chéngyǔ. Chinese idioms are frequently used in Chinese language. They are usually consisted of four characters. Each idiom has a story that is based on folklore, a myth or a historical fact and demonstrates a moral teaching.

Irene Y. Tsai (author) and Pattie Caprio (illustrator) combine their talents to retell a story based on a Chinese idiom, The Frog in the Well. This old Chinese fable compares a frog who lives in a deep well to a sea turtle living in a vast Eastern ocean. The frog lives happily in the well. He thinks the well is the world until a sea turtle tells him about the vast ocean.
Children will learn to read in English andChinese simultaneously. This story is written in English, Traditional (with Zhu Yin Fu Hao) and Simplified Chinese (with Pinyin). By learning two languages, your children will be more prepared for the global market place. The Frog in the Well is translated from English to Chinese by Joyce Lin.--


Irene Tsai, http://www.cebilingualbooks.com/THE FROG IN THE WELL
Available at Follett Library Resources, Asianparent.com,childbook.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble Chinese-English bilingual book USA Book News
National BEST BOOKS for 2008 Award Finalist !!

3 comments:

Marvin D. Wilson said...

English/Chinese - now that's cool! Helps bring kids of different cultures together. I have this widget on my Free Spirit blog that translates the blog into the languages of visitors of other countries. I think it's helped increase the global popularity and readership.

Good post as usual, Sharon!

Mayra Calvani said...

Sounds like a very cute book. I'll be reviewing this one soon.

Joy said...

My parents lived in China for 18 months. While they were there they bought books for my children. I think all of them were Chinese tales translated to Englihs. One was even in Spanish. My daughter still has them, 23 years later.

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