I have been deliberating with buying this book for some time, and finally took the plunge. Great book, i speak (almost) fluent chinese so this is a good book to share with my daugher who i am also encouraging to learn. The book is written in sections which allows learning through topics; home, school, hobbies, sea side, colours, numbers etc. Each page has characters and pinyin, no english but the pictures are very clear. If you only speak a little chinese the usborne online tools provide a listening program. I have a feeling this will become a very usefull book. Downsides; the index is written in chinese to english and not in sections so if your looking for a particular word you may find it difficult. Nonetheless, a great book especially for use with multi-lingual children.