Book Review: The Pet Dragon
I just read a fun book called The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship, and Chinese Characters. I first learned about it from the blog Big Boy and Xiao Chien and then found it in our local library.
This lovely book was written by Christoph Niemann, who incorporated 33 Chinese characters into his wonderful illustrations to tell a story about a girl named Lin and her baby dragon. Lin and her dragon played hide-and-seek, made new friends, played ping pong, and told stories to one other. After a minor mishap, Lin's dragon suddenly disappeared. Lin searched far and wide for her friend. Would she ever find him?
Overall, this is a nice introduction to Chinese characters for young children. I loved how Mr. Niemann integrated the Chinese characters into his drawings, and I'm pleased that the English translations were provided. It would have been even better if the pinyin was provided, as well, so that we could all learn how to pronounce the Chinese words and could practice speaking them, too.
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