Faye-Lynn Wu was born and raised in Taiwan. Wu is the
admissions officer at an independent school in Berkeley,
California, serves as a board member of a Chinese language school,
and teaches weekend Mandarin classes.
Kieren Dutcher is an illustrator and art teacher in Oakland, California. She received a BFA in graphic design at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Her work is inspired by folk art from around the world, nature, as well as kids and their art.
"This collection pairs English-language nursery rhymes and songs
with their counterparts from China. Wu also includes some
lesser-known English-language selections. The book is organized
into themes: Outside, Inside, Party, Play, and Night. Hickory
Dickory Dock shares a spread with Little Mouse, a rhyme about a
mouse that climbed a lamp to eat the oil and can't get down. The
Chinese rhymes are presented in simplified characters, pinyin
Romanization, and translated into English. Large, brightly colored
illustrations feature a multiethnic cast of children and adults.
Most spreads have additional information about Chinese culture and
ask readers to find items in the art. This book works best for
one-on-one reading or as a resource for educators and parents."
-School Library Journal
"Singing is a joyful way to learn a language and experience a culture. You can read the book and listen to the CD included for a Chinese New Year filled with traditional children's songs." -MissPandaChinese.com Mandarin learning site
"The nursery rhymes are familiar to English speakers which makes this a really appealing book to toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school students. The authors did a great job on the CD. The sound quality is great, and the singers have appealing voices with nice instrumental accompaniment. This would be perfect because it's visual and audio in one easy package!" -PragmaticMom.com blog
"Children and parents can easily learn Chinese through rhymes and songs. This book also comes with an audio CD." -Travel Life magazine
"Kids love nursery rhymes, and this book is a great way to introduce young children to English and Chinese through song." -BiculturalMama.com blog
"A beautiful book and CD with Chinese-English bilingual classic nursery rhymes performed by a mother (also a Chinese teacher) and daughter duo. Good read for ages 3+." -Miss Panda Chinese
"This book pairs English nursery rhymes with similar ones in Chinese (and English) to see how the cultures are similar and different. There are small Do you know boxes throughout the book with interesting facts about the Chinese culture. The book also comes with a CD. It is a fun way to introduce children to the Chinese culture and is definitely worth a look." -Crafty Moms Share blog