Title: 小雞逛遊樂園 (xiao3 ji guang4 you2 le4 yuan2)/Baby Chicks at the Forest Park
Authors/Illustrations: Noriko Kudo (translated from Japanese) 文、圖/工藤紀子，翻譯/劉握瑜
Publisher: 小魯文化事業股份有限公司 (Xiao Lu Wen Hua/Tsai Fong Books)
Level: Beginning Reader, Zhuyin, Picture Book, Fiction
Summary: The five little chicks go to the amusement park and have a lot of fun going to all the attractions. Then they have a picnic. (Seriously, that’s it.)
Rating: 5/5 stars
5 Minute Review: Gamera (5) LOVES the 小雞 (xiao3 ji)/Baby Chick series. Kudo’s adorable illustrations and cute conversations are a big reason.
Gamera will choose one of the five books in the Baby Chick series to read over and over again. She practically has them memorized.
She first heard these stories at her Chinese preschool and despite having heard and read these stories countless times, Gamera just can’t get enough.
Although there is occasionally some harder vocabulary, it is nothing zhuyin doesn’t solve quickly and easily. The storyline is simple and easy to follow.
Mostly, Gamera just loves to look at the illustrations and thinks the baby chicks are the cutest. She also likes to read the occasional Chinese characters within the actual illustrations (these do not have zhuyin).
Incidentally, though Cookie Monster (7) has never chosen these books to read (mostly because we are going through our books very systematically with him), he finds the stories fun and adorable, too. He mostly just hovers nearby when Gamera reads them and he will flip through to see the illustrations. He also heard them at preschool when he was younger.
Here’s a video of Gamera reading an excerpt. You can tell she really likes to look at the pictures! (You can also tell I am totally missing the point of picture books.)