Title: 早起的一天 (zao3 qi3 de5 yi tian)/The Day We Woke Up Early
Level: Chinese Picture Book, Beginning Reader, Fiction, Zhuyin, comes with CD
Summary: A young pig gets up early in the morning to help his grandmother buy and prepare things for his grandfather’s birthday. They go to the market, ride a taxi, and visit various family members at their work.
Rating: 5/5 stars
5 Minute Review: As always, Lai Ma’s books are visually interesting and fun. All my children enjoy studying the illustrations which reward repeat study.
Because this book comes with a CD, I will fully admit that my children have listened to the CD in the car at least several hundred times since Summer 2014 before they ever “read” the book.
However, the language is simple, there isn’t a lot of text, and the story is fun enough. Gamera (5) and Cookie Monster (7) both can read it easily enough and the characters they don’t recognize, they can just try the zhuyin.
This is one of Ma’s easier to read picture books and even I can read with relatively little assistance from zhuyin.
Here is a video of Gamera reading an excerpt.