About the book
Language: Simplified Chinese, pinyin and English
ISBN-13 : 978-1950500017
Targeted at toddlers, this bilingual counting book is colorful and bright. It teaches numbers while counting to 10 with dim sum related food items, such as soy sauce packets, shu mai, barbeque pork buns. The illustrations are simple and cute.
For each number, the numeral is displayed prominently with the English word, then another column with the Chinese word, and pinyin. On the next page is a simple illustration, an English and Chinese description, along with the pinyin. The layout is clear and easy, perfect for you to read to the little ones.
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What I like about this book
It is a nice simple read for toddlers. I love that the topic is on dim sum. Most Chinese counting books are about animals, so this was a nice departure from the usual topic. And we love to eat dim sum! So this was a nice way to introduce my children to the different food items.
This is the second Chinese book we have read by Rich Lo. My problem with his first Chinese New Year Colors was I felt he did not describe his illustrations. He did it his time in his book, which I feel makes the book more enjoyable.
The Chinese motifs in the background of each page are a nice touch to the design layout. Try and find the lanterns, the dragons, and the carps!
What I dislike about this book
The Chinese translation is a bit awkward. For instance, egg custard is translated as 鸡蛋蛋挞. Nobody says that! We just say 蛋挞.
The number 2 is a problematic number for non-native Chinese speaker. When you count in Chinese, you say 两 instead of 二. It would have been helpful for non-native speakers if the author had put in a little footnote to address this issue.
So, 2 chopsticks should be 两根筷子 instead of 二根筷子. Perhaps he could have drawn two people queuing up to order dim sum, then you can say number 2 in line, 排第二。
For further reading on usage of this slightly tricky number, read this article.
Despite the awkward translation, I do still recommend this book for toddlers who are learning Chinese for the following reasons.
1. It’s gorgeous.
2. It talks about yummy dim sum!
Do make sure you get the board book instead of the hardcover though.