Fox pretending to be Tiger 狐假虎威

《狐假虎威》is actually an idiom about a person relying on someone else's strength to gain respect or to frighten others. Here is a short story that illustrates the meaning of the idiom. 

The Little Match Girl 卖火柴的小女孩

The Little Match Girl is one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beautiful and yet devastatingly sad tales. It’s a cold Christmas Eve night, a poor, young girl tries to sell matches in the street. She is cold, and walking barefoot having lost her shoes. Still, she is too afraid to go home, because her father will be very angry at her for not selling any matches. The girl takes shelter in an alley and sits down. As our destitute heroine struggles to survive, she strikes her matches to keep warm. With each match, a new vision.

 

The Little Match Girl, is steeped in metaphor and meaning that runs through the veins of Andersen’s enduring stories.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

棕色的熊棕色的熊,你在看什么?

A beautifully crafted book in Eric Carle's distinguished style and colourful illustrations with a simple story line makes this story a delight for toddlers and young children. On each page, a new animal and a new colour are introduced. This is repeated over and over Mandarin Chinese, until the reader becomes familiar with the text.

 

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar 好饿的毛毛虫 (hǎo è de máo mao chóng) by Eric Carle

 A beautiful story that follows the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week.

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is definitely a classic favourite of children and adults alike. It follows the progress of a caterpillar who eats its way through a wide variety of foods before emerging as a butterfly. It introduces the days of the week and different types of foods. My son was first introduced to the English version of this story as a baby and when he listened to the Mandarin version on YouTube he could match the meanings of the words in with the English equivalent very quickly.

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Goodnight Moon 晚安,月亮 (wǎn ān yuè liang) by Margaret Wise Brown

A timeless classic about an endearing little bunny trying its best to resist sleep

Goodnight room, goodnight moon whispers a little bunny trying its best to resist sleep. He tries to buys more time to stay awake by wishing all the objects in his room goodnight.

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Goodnight Gorilla 晚安,大猩猩 (wǎn ān dà xīng xing) by Peggy Rathmann

Good Night, Gorilla is yet another modern classic - a perfect bedtime story.

‘Good night, Gorilla,’ says the zookeeper as he starts his rounds at the zoo. However, the mischievous gorilla has other plans. Read this familiar story in mandarin Chinese as one of your bed time story.  Watch the beautifully crafted illustrations and a calming narration where you can easily read along page by page or just sit back and listen as you prefer.

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Olivia 奥莉薇(Ào​ lì​ wéi​)by Ian Falconer

A lovely tale about Olivia the pig who is very good at wearing people out!

Follow an account of a typical day with Olivia, from getting dressed, scaring her little brother Ian, building magnificent sand castles, visiting museums and most of all wearing people out.

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf 狼来了

One of my favourite Aesop Fable. This story is about a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking wolves are attacking his flock. When a wolf actually does appear and the boy calls for help, the villagers believe that it is another false alarm and the sheep are eaten by the wolf.

This story is a great introduction to young children and beginners learning the language.

Don't forget to take a look at our selection of other Aesop Fables such as The Fox and the Stork (狐狸与鹳鸟) and The Wolf and the Donkey (狼与驴子)  retold in Mandarin Chinese at each turn of the page.

Little Red Riding Hood 小红帽

This classic fairy tale is a great introduction to young children and beginners learning the language.

 

It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of fairy tales. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge.

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Don't forget to take a look at our selection of story books where classic characters from Jack and the Bean Stalk (杰克与魔豆) and Pinocchio (小木偶) are brought to life in Mandarin Chinese at each turn of the page.

Sleeping Beauty 睡美人

This classic fairy tale is a great introduction to young children and beginners learning the language.

 

It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of fairy tales. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge.

​You can click on the button below to buy the story book.

Don't forget to take a look at our selection of story books where classic characters such as Cinderella (灰姑娘) and Snow White (白雪公主) are brought to life in Mandarin Chinese at each turn of the page.

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