Multicultural Kid Blogs is proud to offer its readers this amazing giveaway from Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett. She is the author of several books, including the two featured in this giveaway. Read on to learn about what inspired her to write these bilingual English-Chinese books, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!
MKB: What inspired you to create these books?
Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett: My inspiration to create my blog MissPandaChinese.com and my books stems from my two children, my students, and passionate parents eager to guide their children in acquiring Mandarin in an engaging and playful way. As numerous studies suggest, play is vital for children’s learning at all ages, and listening and reading are key catalysts for language acquisition.
I’ve integrated these three powerful elements to develop Mandarin learning resources and bilingual books. These tools are designed to support parents and teachers, enhancing their approach to teaching and making language acquisition an enjoyable experience for children. For example, my streaming album, “Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda!” has been used by thousands of parents around the world, leading to young learners joyfully using simple everyday Chinese in their daily lives.
MKB: Do you have other books coming up?
Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett: I am currently working on “My First Chinese Stories,” a bilingual book series designed to guide children in reading simple sentences through engaging mini-stories.
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Little Bun: A Bilingual Storybook About Feelings is a bilingual children’s picture book that follows Little Bun as he uses words to express his big emotions and feelings. Written in English and Chinese with pinyin support, this book is recommended for ages 3 and up. Little Bun: A Bilingual Storybook About Feelings is available in both Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese editions.
Young children have big feelings. They need to have the language to describe what they’re feeling. This is the focus of Little Bun: A Bilingual Storybook About Feelings. Little Bun is learning how to express his emotions with words. Little Bun is sharing how he feels so people around him can understand him and support him.
In this delightful story, readers will:
- Learn twelve key feeling words that can be used throughout the day
- Understand how to identify their feelings and share them using proper vocabulary
- Use emotion words in different scenarios
- Practice feeling words and sentences in two languages
- Develop social skills using the story to role-play with parents, siblings, and caregivers, and much more…
Little Bun: A Bilingual Storybook About Feelings is a story that guides young children to identify their feelings. It helps parents/caregivers acknowledge children’s emotions and supports their developing social-emotional skills.
This book is written by the mother-daughter duo, Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett and Emily Blodgett. Little Bun: A Bilingual Storybook About Feelings marks a milestone for the co-author’s bilingual journey. The creation of Little Bun originated from one of the authors’ favorite foods from their Taiwan Chinese heritage culture – bāo zi, steamed buns with sweet or savory fillings.
This is a playful bilingual word book that introduces essential Mandarin sounds through meaningful and playful everyday words,. It employs a “Look and Find” play-and-read design. Written in English and Chinese with pinyin support, there are two versions available: one using Chinese characters written in Traditional Chinese and another that features Simplified Chinese. First Mandarin Sounds is recommended for ages 3 and up.
★ SIMPLE AND FUN: Learn to pronounce Mandarin Chinese accurately from the beginning. The thirty-seven essential Mandarin sounds introduced in this book make up the foundation of all Chinese words. Readers will also find each of these sounds embedded within a common, high-frequency Chinese word. With this helpful guide, you will discover that Chinese pronunciation is simple and fun – for you and your child.
★ EVERYDAY CHINESE WORDS: This is a book for children who are learning Mandarin Chinese as a second language. First Mandarin Sounds provides parents a simple and fun method to introduce Mandarin Chinese to their children. Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school children will enjoy the bright and vibrant pictures. The playful look-and-find pages will also lead your child to explore and have fun with Chinese words!
★ EARLY FOREIGN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: Give the gift of the Chinese language and unlock the linguistic genius within your young child. According to research, learning a new language is like having a brain workout. This Chinese children’s book guides kids to learn accurate Chinese pronunciation with fun words!
★ WITH CHILDREN AND PARENTS IN MIND: Created by Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, an experienced Mandarin teacher, and the mother of two bilingual children. “Miss Panda,” as she is also known to her students, has taught Mandarin and English on four continents and for over twenty years. Her “Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda!” audio lesson album has guided parents to engage kids in Chinese with laughter and fun. This book makes a great gift for children to learn Mandarin Chinese.
★ COMPLIMENTARY SUPPORT: A video recording of each of the thirty-seven Mandarin sounds and their related words in this book is available for you to access. Parents can read this book with confidence that they will be able to introduce these first Mandarin words and sounds to their children. With these free tools, readers can connect written words with spoken language. To access this free video support visit MissPandaChinese.com.
Where to Find These Bilingual English-Chinese Books
Find these books by Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett on Amazon. Little Bun: A Bilingual Storybook About Feelings and First Mandarin Sounds are available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle formats. Little Bun: A Bilingual Storybook About Feelings comes in both Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese versions. First Mandarin Sounds is also available in both Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese formats.
Enter the Bilingual English-Chinese Book Giveaways [CLOSED]
Enter both giveaways below for a chance to win Little Bun: A Bilingual Storybook About Feelings (1 winner) and/or First Mandarin Sounds (1 winner). Entrants must be age 18+ years old to enter the giveaway. Winner(s) located in the U.S. will receive a printed book (no P.O. Boxes please). Winner(s) outside of the U.S. will receive a digital copy of the book. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway
About the Author
Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett is passionate about bilingual education and supporting parents in raising bilingual kids. She has been a Mandarin and ESL teacher, an executive at Warner Bros., and a Chinese language consultant for the dual-language seasons of Netflix’s Word Party. She is the founder of Miss Panda Chinese, the author of ‘First Mandarin Sounds: An Awesome Chinese Word Book’, co-author of ‘Little Bun: A Bilingual Storybook About Feelings’, and the host of the ‘Playful Chinese’ podcast. Keep your eyes open for her next book, “My First Chinese Stories.” Visit her website MissPandaChinese.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
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