Faye-Lynn Wu was born and raised in Taiwan. Wu is the admissions officer at an independent school in Berkeley, California, serves as a board member of a Chinese language school, and teaches weekend Mandarin classes. Kieren Dutcher is an illustrator and art teacher in Oakland, California. She received a BFA in graphic design at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Her work is inspired by folk art from around the world, nature, as well as kids and their art.
It features nursery rhymes in English and in Mandarin, with an audio CD included (and a links to download audio files) to help learn pronunciation, too- very helpful! The chapters are divided into sections for indoors and outdoors, parties, playing, and nighttime activities. Although this is geared toward children, it's a help to anyone learning Mandarin Chinese. - KidsR.Us This book pairs English nursery rhymes with similar ones in Chinese (and English) to see how the cultures are similar and different. There are small Do you know boxes throughout the book with interesting facts about the Chinese culture. The book also comes with a CD. It is a fun way to introduce children to the Chinese culture and is definitely worth a look. -Crafty Moms Share blog Children and parents can easily learn Chinese through rhymes and songs. This book also comes with an audio CD. -Travel Life magazine Kids love nursery rhymes, and this book is a great way to introduce young children to English and Chinese through song. -BiculturalMama.com blog The nursery rhymes are familiar to English speakers which makes this a really appealing book to toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school students. The authors did a great job on the CD. The sound quality is great, and the singers have appealing voices with nice instrumental accompaniment. This would be perfect because it's visual and audio in one easy package! -PragmaticMom.com blog Singing is a joyful way to learn a language and experience a culture. You can read the book and listen to the CD included for a Chinese New Year filled with traditional children's songs. -MissPandaChinese.com Mandarin learning site This collection pairs English-language nursery rhymes and songs with their counterparts from China. Wu also includes some lesser-known English-language selections. The book is organized into themes: Outside, Inside, Party, Play, and Night. Hickory Dickory Dock shares a spread with Little Mouse , a rhyme about a mouse that climbed a lamp to eat the oil and can't get down. The Chinese rhymes are presented in simplified characters, pinyin Romanization, and translated into English. Large, brightly colored illustrations feature a multiethnic cast of children and adults. Most spreads have additional information about Chinese culture and ask readers to find items in the art. This book works best for one-on-one reading or as a resource for educators and parents. -School Library Journal