Wednesday, 29 April 2009

A 1970's Chinese Reader

Above: It would have been nice to be able to say that I bought this book in a back street of Shanghai or Kowloon in the 1970's when I was a little girl, but I didn't. I found it about ten years ago at a stationery shop in Chinatown here in Melbourne. Unlike our Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, I do not read Mandarin (or Cantonese for that matter), so I am unable to translate any of the characters. When I find someone who can help, I will post the results. Meanwhile, enjoy the enormous flowers, patterns, flared pants, attentive Chinese grandparents and slightly creepy realistic looking cat in the last picture.















6 comments:

hopeful~ for happy said...

Amazingly, that would be me. I can't see the book while I'm typing this response, but the general gist is "love mother, love big brother, love little sister" etc, and "the big cats and little cats are all eating together.

Sandra Eterovic said...

YIPPEE!!!! Thanks Hopeful. I thought that you didn't speak Mandarin! Did you learn to read it at school? Do you know more than you are willing to admit? Were you in fact the professor who taught Mr Kevin Rudd everything he knows??!!

hopeful~ for happy said...

11 years of schooling and I still read at a 2nd grade level. It's tragic. For the sake of creating mystery I will say yes. Yes, I do know alot more than I admit. :)

Sandra Eterovic said...

I KNEW IT!!!

Ray said...

In additon to the book posted. I would like to recommend My First Chinese Reader to those who wants to leran chinese. It is is a step-by-step manual providing a systematic approach to teaching the Chinese language to Elementary School students. Written by experienced language teachers and using methods that are classroom tested and proven effective, this guide provides a child-centered and engaging curriculum to accompany My First Chinese Reader Volume 1. It includes additional grammar and cultural information, ideas for classroom activities, teaching aids and crafts for festival celebrations.

Keiz said...

Hi There! great post. Just want to add that the
New Practical Chinese Reader
really helps childresn write and recognize chinese character from memory.