Long is a Dragon: Chinese Writing for Children
A fine introduction to 75 simple and not-so-simple Chinese characters: their derivation, their Mandarin pronunciation, and how to write them. Cartoons clarify the pictures made by the characters; sample character combinations (e.g., language + electricity = telephone) demonstrate the evolution of both the language and the culture. A charming, handsome book. (Nonfiction. 8+). (Amazon.com)
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China Books and Periodicals
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Great introduction to understanding Chinese characters!
Lóng is a Dragon is a really wonderful book which introduces Chinese characters. This book can be used to help young students understand the historical origin of characters. Students can easily see that some characters came from pictures and that some characters can be combined to create new characters with new meanings. It also has an excellent section devoted to writing characters. It introduces basic strokes as well as stroke order in a very clear way. I highly recommend this book to any teacher who wishes to introduce Characters in a language or culture lesson. It is also a great classroom reference book for students who have time to practice writing characters in a Chinese language class. This book is appropriate for grades K-5.