猫头鹰和小猫 The Owl And The Pussycat

The Owl and The Pussycat

 

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This beautifully illustrated book is based on the popular childhood poem by English poet, Edward Lear.  Edward Lear’s poem narrating the love story of The Owl and the Pussycat was written in 1871.  In this book, popular children’s author and illustrator, Jan Brett, brings her exquisitely detailed illustrations of Edward Lear’s charming poem to life set in the background of the Caribbean.  Owl sets out to woo Pussycat in a boat laden with fruit from their Caribbean island and with a guitar at his side, ready for serenading.  As they sail off across the sea, another story unfolds in the water beneath the boat. One by one, exotic sea creatures swim into the picture and a small yellow fish seems to be looking for someone.
Read it in both English and simplified Chinese here.

 

owl and the pussycat

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
   In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey, and plenty of money
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
   And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
   What a beautiful Pussy you are,
            You are,
            You are!
   What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl,
   How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried,
   But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the bong-tree grows;
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
   With a ring at the end of his nose,
            His nose,
            His nose,
   With a ring at the end of his nose.

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,
            The moon,
            The moon,
   They danced by the light of the moon.
The Owl and the Pussycat

Chinese Leveled Readers Books 1-3

It is not easy finding good quality leveled books in Mandarin for kids.  I will be creating videos for 9 sets of leveled books used in China for young children learning to read.  Each level has 12 books with 108 books total.  These books become increasingly more difficult as the levels get higher.  Currently, I have made videos to the first 3 books in level 1.  You can view the videos of the first 3 books below.  Download the PDF of these 3 little books here.

 

Level 1-1 去幼儿园 Attend Kindergarten

 

 

Level 1-2 袜子 Socks

 

Level 1-3 我会跑 I Can Run

Read Duck On A Bike 鸭子骑车记

鸭子骑车记

 

Read this popular American picture book, Duck On A Bike, by Caldecott Honor winner David Shannon in Chinese.  David Shannon charms young audiences with this richly illustrated quack-up of a tale!  One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. “I bet I could ride a bike,” he thought. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride.  Duck discovers the joys of bike riding in the barnyard and shows off to the rest of the farm animals who, in turn, make their animal sounds and offer comments on Duck’s performance.  This funny book is perfect for reading aloud.  To read the entire book in annotated Chinese click here.

Practice Nationality and Countries in Chinese

Happy Friday!  I just created a table with 50 most common countries in Chinese with English to Lesson 4 page.   All Chinese words on the page are annotated, just hover over any character to see the pinyin.  Lesson 4 page also has interactive learning games, flashcards, and a practice quiz for sentence structure.

 

countries with flag

 

 

Learn to Sing 虫儿飞 chóng er fēi

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I am currently teaching my students a beautiful song called 虫儿飞 chóng er fēi (Flying Fireflies).  虫儿 means insects, and 萤火虫 yíng huǒ chóng is the actual the word for fireflies.  For this song, I use fireflies in the translation.  Sing along in Chinese and download the lyrics page with English and pinyin here.

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76th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Check out the 76th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014
5pm-12am

Central & West Plazas
943-951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Free for all ages

The festival is easily accessed via Metro Gold Line rail from the Chinatown Station.

West Plaza
Artisans
Calligraphy by Guojian Cui
Clay Sculpture by Keluo Xu
Dough Sculpture by Chris Lee
Face Painting by Tai-Ling Wong
Fruit Carving by THAIS, Inc.
Magician by Minh Tran
Storytelling by Barbara Wong (8:30pm & 9:15pm)

Culinary Stage
Host & Schedule (including Eating Contest) coming soon…

Calligraphy & Lantern Making Workshop 5pm-8pm
Presented by Nori Shirasu & volunteers

Moon Viewing
Telescopes provided by Anthony Cook of Griffith Observatory

Central Plaza

“New Chinatown” Photo Booth (6pm-10pm)
Original Vintage Cutouts Circa 1940

Capuchin Monkey & Trainer (6pm-9pm)
Note: The monkey will approach you but please do not touch or pet the monkey.

Central Plaza Main Stage
Jason Arimoto on ukelele
Shawn Pan on pipa
more to come

LA WEEKLY Live Music Stage
Curated by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbandla.com

6 PM Run Things
7 PM The Singles
8 PM SD3 (featuring Cary Brothers)
9 PM Beat Club
10 PM Dorothy
11 PM Crash Kings

LA Gourmet Food Trucks
Babys BadAss Burgers
Crepe N Around
Fluff Ice
Jogasaki
My Delight Cupcakery
Tabom
Tokyo Doggie Style
Tornado Potato
Yalla

Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival 2014 on July 26-27

After celebrating Dragon Boat Festival on June 2 with my classes.  I am so excited about the 2014 Dragon Boat Festival that will be held at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on July 26 – July 27, 2014.  There will be lots of food and excitement!

In addition to hosting one of the largest dragon boat competitions in California, there will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances.

Visit official page for more details.

long beach dragon boat festival

36th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5K/10K Run

Saturday, February 22, 2014 and Sunday, February 23, 2014
Bike Ride: 2/22 begins at 9am
5/10K Run/Walk: 2/23 begins at 8am
Nite n’ Day: 2/22 10am-4pm & 2/23 8:15am-12pm

See website for event details and fees or call 323.256.1363.

www.firecracker10k.org

Benefits Need2Read literacy funding for local elementary schools; also community non-profit organizations.