Written by Kathleen Ahrens, SCBWI Regional Advisor Chairperson, and Chu-Ren Huang (in English & Chinese)
Illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden, The story in this book was written to engage all the senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. It was also written to capture the joy human beings feel when they spend time in fresh air and sunshine, admiring the animals and insects that share the world with us. Lastly, this book celebrates the love shared between a father and his child.
This book was written in short simple sentences so that it could be read aloud over and over again. Reading the same text aloud repeatedly helps a child implicitly become familiar with a language's structure. In addition, the warmth and safety that comes from reading and re-reading a story strengthens the caring bond between the person reading aloud and the child being read to. Both the English and Chinese versions introduce the most basic sentence patterns and also allow the child to practice counting from 1 to 10. The Chinese version also introduces the use of classifiers.
See inside spreads at http://booksfromtheeast.blogspot.com/