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At the Beach

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A mother amuses her son at the beach by drawing Chinese characters in the sand, many of which resemble the objects they stand for.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 15th 1998 by Turtleback Books (first published 1994)
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This book was to old for the assignment that was given. However, after I read the reviews for it, I really wanted to check it out. The main character is a little boy named Xiao Ming. He goes to the beach with mother. While he is there the mom teaches him how to write Chinese characters in the sand. What I liked about this book was that it made connections for the reader. The connections helps the reader see a known picture within the character that matches the meaning. I thought this book would ...more
Anayssa Pulido
Apr 16, 2013 Anayssa Pulido rated it really liked it
A fun way to learn words from another language, "At the beach" is a great multicultural book about about a mother teaching her son, Xiao Ming, characters in Mandarin Chinese. They are at the beach and are learning to write and read words in the sand. They describe the characters as pictures to make it easier to learn. I think the illustrations are very appropriate for this book, with solid colors and simple illustrations. This would be a good book to introduce children to a new language, or ...more
Kate  K. F.
Dec 17, 2012 Kate K. F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clever book that teaches children some basic Chinese characters and words through the medium of a mother and her child at the beach drawing them in the sand. The paper collage illustrations are simple and effective as they tie together the characters and the story. This is a book that would be quite useful for a school environment since it invites the children to draw and say the new words. It would probably be most appropriate for an early reader since the language is easy enough that a child ...more
Leang Ngov
Just like the author, from my mother's side, we are Chinese from Cambodia. I thought this book was fantastic for my children because it is a great exposure to the written Chinese language and my kids (and I) were motivated to learn!
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Really enjoyable cut-out illustrations that correspond with the story and the shapes of chinese characters - pleasurable and entertaining, both.
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Characters for person, big, small, sky, water, mountain, sand, woman, child, good.
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I was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. My family came to the United States in 1975 as refugees. We became citizens in 1983. I am a Children’s books illustrator. Sometimes, I also write my own books. Like most artist, I enjoy experimenting with different media. My favorite medium is paper, because it offers me the most versatility to create 2D or 3D art. If my works can make someone smile, then I ...more
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