Dear Campers and Parents:
Let’s learn some Chinese through your favorite books this summer! Share with us your favorite children’s books, in English, Chinese, or both! Throughout the summer we will be posting about our favorite books on our program blog, and we will learn some Chinese along the way!
Sound fun? Just email us the following to email@example.com
Your first name:
A few words about you:
The title of your favorite book:
One or two sentences on why you love it:
In this first blog post, we are kicking off our book sharing with “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, picked by Emily, our Program Coordinator. Like many kids (and grow-ups), her 3-year-old nephew loves this book!
Where the Wild Things Are is a timeless story about a boy named Max who is put in time out and goes on a journey. “In and out of weeks, and almost over a year, to where the wild things are.”
It teaches lessons not judging someone by the way they look, because all these “Wild Things” are big and scary, and upon first look it may seem as though they would hurt Max, and instead they become great friends.
The book also teaches about imagination, Max is having this incredible dream and you are just going through it with him. He also is a little wild himself, and that’s okay, sometimes we all need to let go and be WILD!
When I read the story to my 3-year-old nephew I use fun voices for all the wild things, and we roar our terrible roars and gnash our terrible teeth and roll our terrible eyes and show our terrible claws.
At the end of the book, Max travels back to his room where is mom has brought him dinner, “and it was still hot.”
Books before bedtime is one of my favorite things to do with my nephew. I love nothing more than curling up with him and a good book.
—- Emily Marks, Program Coordinator, Children and Youth Program at China Institute
Now on to some Mandarin Chinese:
1． How to say the book title in Chinese?
Where the Wild Things Are?
(yě dōng xī men dōu zài nǎ ér?)
2．How can you describe a wild thing in Chinese?
3．What else appears in Max’s imagination besides the wild things?
A forest ：一个森林 (yí gè sēn lín)
An ocean：一片大海 (yí piàn dà hǎi)
A boat：一艘小艇 (yì sōu xiǎo tǐng)
Hope you enjoyed this post. Let us know your favorite book!
kuài lái fèn xiǎng nǐ zuì xǐ huān de tóng shū ba ！