Mandy and Pandy is a book series dedicated to helping young children understand how to read and speak Chinese. The series was developed by the father of adopted Chinese-American daughter, Chris Lin. They just came out with the fifth and sixth books in the series, Book 5: Mandy and Pandy Play “What Colors Do You See?” and Book 6: Mandy and Pandy Visit the Zoo.
Here’s a quick synopsis of all six books in the series:
Book 1: Mandy and Pandy Say “Ni Hao Ma?”
Recipient of iParenting Media’s prestigious Outstanding Product of 2007 award, Mandy and Pandy say “Ni Hao Ma?” teaches the audience how to say the popular phrase “Ni Hao Ma?” (How are you?) and shares stories about things Mandy likes. This book has both Chinese and English vocabulary on topics such as family members, food and fun activities.
Book 2: Mandy and Pandy Play “Let’s Count!”
Mandy and Pandy walk through the neighborhood and count various fun things they observe. This book teaches Chinese and English counting words from one to ten, and also includes useful vocabulary on common neighborhood objects such as flowers, geese and cars.
Book 3: Mandy and Pandy Visit China
Mandy and Pandy Visit China takes your child through a tour of China, showing colorful pictures of the key attractions, sights to see and things to do. A great way to learn about Chinese culture and language, this book includes words for eating, traveling and hiking. Famous locations such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall are drawn in colorful kid-friendly ways.
Book 4: Mandy and Pandy Play Sports
Mandy and Pandy gear up for the summer by playing all their favorite sports! Kids can learn Chinese and English vocabulary for classic sports such as football, swimming and soccer, as well as sporting terminology such as score, pass and slam dunk.
Book 5: Mandy and Pandy Play “What Colors Do You See?”
Book five in the series. In this version of the classic “I Spy” game played by kids everywhere, Mandy and Pandy visit the lake and ask each other about the colors of the objects around them. All the colors of the rainbow are named, along with brown, white and black.
Book 6: Mandy and Pandy Visit the Zoo
Book six in the series. Mandy and Pandy Visit the Zoo is an exciting story journey through the local zoo, with Mandy and Pandy stopping by different exhibits and greeting the animals. Children can learn the Chinese and English names for exciting wild creatures such as tigers, hippos and flamingos.
Each of the Mandy and Pandy books in the series is selling for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $12.95. You can find more information on these books at the Mandy and Pandy website.
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