Faye-Lynn Wu was born and raised in Taiwan. Her experiences of teaching her own children in the U.S. and managing language programs for early education have led her to focusing on introducing language to kids in the most positive way possible. She is the admissions officer at an independent school in Berkley, California, serves on the board of a Chinese language school, and teaches Mandarin. She is the author of Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes. Aya Padron is a freelance artist who works in many media, among them painting and photography. She is the illustrator of Korean for Beginners and My First Book of Korean Words.
...a great way to introduce young children to basic words and concepts through pictures and rhymes. --BiculturalMama.com blog ...provides a basic primer for preschool children who want to learn Chinese, using the familiar ABC structure to present everyday words that hold special meaning to Chinese culture. Each word is presented in Chinese characters and in Romanized form, with easy cultural and language notes accompanying the story of a Chinese family who helps youngsters learn. An accompanying website page helps kids actually listen to the Chinese words in the book. --Midwest Book Review I have a feeling that this book will delight and engage young children with the added benefit of bringing cultural sensitivity at a young age. --Manhattan Book Review This book uses the alphabet to introduce Chinese words. There are both simplified and traditional versions of Chinese used, which is good, and colorful pictures on each page showing the words to be learned. There are short rhyming poems on each page and the words are spelled out in pinyin so you know how to say the words. There are also small hints on how to pronounce the words. I liked that this book has lots of colorful hand-drawn pictures. --Joshua, age 8, City Book Review On a more instructional, but equally enjoyable level, My First Book of Chinese Words introduces children to the Chinese character system as well as language. --McClatchy News Service Starting with A, for 'ai', a word that means 'love' in Chinese, this picture book uses the English alphabet as a framework to learn Chinese words. --Booklist This unique and charming alphabet book uses rhymes and fact snippets to introduce Chinese words to a pre-schooler. --The Children's Book Review blog A perfect introduction to Chinese for any age. --PragmaticMom.com blog