Best Books: Translated Story Books

Some of the best Chinese books that L likes to read over and over are translated from popular English children’s books. There are more of these available than I ever imagined, and while many lose something in the translation (ie Dr. Seuss books, which for some reason are translated literally), these are among our favorites:

- Frog and the Wide World (English-Chinese), by Max Velthuijs. Frog tries to be brave on an adventure around the world, but ends up missing his friends at home. Part of a series about Frog. For those in the Bay Area, these books are also available at the Berkeley Central Library.

- The Little Bear and Frog & Toad series. The text of these sweet stories is in both English and Chinese, and some books come with a CD of the book read aloud (in English only).

- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. This popular English story is nicely translated and also comes with both English and Chinese text. Also available from ChinaSprout.

- What Am I? (English-Chinese), part of the Who Am I? What Am I? series of riddles about common animals, vehicles, etc.

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