Little Sen is not a fan of cleaning but why does he clean with a passion before Chinese New Year? And why does he only eat a tiny bit at dinner on Lantern Festival? What scenery will he see at the Double-ninth festival hike? And why does the moon make him feel better at Mid-autumn festival?
Follow Little Sen and his family to experience a year of Chinese holidays together with your child, and learn about interesting holiday traditions and all kinds of yummy food! Perfect for children 3-8 who are learning mandarin Chinese or interested in world culture.
"... is a beautifully illustrated, bilingual, happy and educational book for young children who are learning a bit of Chinese or wish to get a taste of this magnificent culture. What better place to start than China’s most important traditional holidays!" – The China History Podcast
"My 4 year old daughter absolutely loves it and having her mother and I read it to her in both languages. She really loves the pictures of all the food and pointing out what she likes the most (the dumplings). As soon as we read it we had to go straight back to the start and read it again." – Sam
Children will also learn deeper lessons about their own feelings through Little Sen’s holiday journey. Little Sen may be very excited to see relatives for the New Year celebration, but other holidays like Tomb-sweeping Day can be sad or bittersweet.
This book is beautifully illustrated with lots of cute details for curious little eyes to explore!
It is written in both simplified Chinese and English, and special care has been taken to ensure the story reads in a way that feels natural in both languages. You can enjoy this book with your child no matter if you read Chinese, English, or both. Even though pinyin is not included in the book, it is available on the website here as a free resource.
Grab a copy today and show your children the traditions, cultures and food about Chinese holidays through a fun story!
★ Chinese holidays introduced in the book / 本书包含的节日 ★
- Chinese New Year / Spring Festival / 春节 / 农历新年 / 中国新年
- Lantern Festival / 元宵节
- Qingming Festival / Tomb-sweeping Day / 清明节
- Duanwu Festival / Dragon Boat Festival / 端午节
- Mid-Autumn Festival / 中秋节
- Chongyang Festival / Double Ninth Festival / 重阳节
★ Free online resources / 网站免费资源 ★
- Chinese and English recordings 中英文朗读录音
- Pinyin pronunciation guide 中文部分的拼音标注
- Cultural notes that further explain the holiday traditions and author's personal experience 进一步讲解节日传统和充满作者个人色彩的文化笔记
- Printable coloring sheets / 可打印的涂色页
- Printable Chinese holiday themed flashcards / 可打印的认字卡
“这是一本插画精美，寓教于乐的绘本，对在学习中文的，或者对中国博大精深文化感兴趣的小朋友很有帮助。还有什么比中国最重要的传统节日更好的渠道来了解中国文化呢！” - 中国历史播客
"我四岁的女儿特别喜爱这本书，总是让我和她妈妈用两种语言给她读。她非常喜欢画里的食物并指出她最爱吃的（饺子）。每次我们刚读完她就要求我们从头再读一遍。“ – Sam
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