In English and Mandarin Chinese, Belle Yang's bilingual board books celebrate the natural world with simple concepts and beautiful, bold illustrations.
It's summer, and the meadow is in full bloom. As some bunnies hop along, they see blue sky, white clouds, and yummy green grass. How many more colors can be found? Look for an explanation of tonal marks at the end of the story, along with pinyin translation of the Chinese characters.
Summertime Rainbow: A Bilingual Book of Colors
Three pudgy gouache rabbits explore the colorful marvels of spring in this bilingual book with words in English and Mandarin Chinese characters. Loosely outlined in black, the rabbits have a simple elegance that echoes the mood of quiet observation. The rabbits see “flowers like yellow stars,” mistake a purple butterfly for a flower, and spot a rainbow: “Ah! A spray of blossoms in the sky.” Endnotes provide pinyin pronunciations for the story and an explanation of Chinese tonal marks. Available simultaneously: A Nest in Springtime: A Bilingual Book of Numbers. Ages 1–4. Agent: Deborah Warren, East-West Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/16/2012