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The Pet Dragon Hardcover – 1 Sep 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061577766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061577765
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christoph Niemann is also the creator of the picture books Subway, The Pet Dragon, and The Police Cloud, as well as the blog Abstract City at www.newyorktimes.com. He has illustrated covers for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and the New York Times Magazine. The artist lives with his family in Berlin, Germany, and New York City.

Christoph Niemann is also the creator of the picture books Subway, The Pet Dragon, and The Police Cloud, as well as the blog Abstract City at www.newyorktimes.com. He has illustrated covers for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and the New York Times Magazine. The artist lives with his family in Berlin, Germany, and New York City.

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Simple, beautiful drawings. Good to teach children that there are other ways to represent human writing other than the alphabet, namely Mandarin. The drawing behind the character makes it clear for them..
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This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in learning 33 Chinese characters almost instantaneously. Although the story is simple and fun, a huge amount of care has obviously been taken with the pictures and the themes which are classical as well as lighthearted. Christoph Niemann sees Chinese characters with an artist's eye, finding witty ways of making them memorable and meaningful. I read it with delight as an adult even though the book is appealingly designed for children, and it is a marvellous introduction to the Chinese language. I hope there will be a sequel - or several!
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A fun way for both kids and those of us young at heart, to take out first step in learning Chinese.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 66 reviews
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun intro to Chinese but not for learning the language 13 Jan. 2011
By R. Pan - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book to help my son keep his interest in Chinese (I'm a first generation Chinese)and was hoping I could teach him a few words, but I was disappointed to find that though some of it could be used for that purpose and it's an ok children's story, some of the words chosen were just inaccurate. For example, the Chinese character for "wood" was shown as the word for "tree" - although, I suppose in some arcane way it may have been used for "tree" it is not how it would be used normally. And some of the words - like the single character that the book used for "friend" would never be used on it's own by a Chinese speaker - the Chinese translation for "friend" requires 2 words. There were several other words that fall into the same categories that I just mentioned - enough that I don't feel like this would be a good book to teach him Chinese. And it's not good enough of a story to have around just as a story book.

I do appreciate that the book calls to attention that Chinese is a hieroglyphic based language, i.e. the words almost always had some graphical basis in the items or ideas they represent.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this book! 27 Oct. 2008
By Victoria Noble - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a director of a Preschool and we teach the Mandarin Language here. I ordered this book to add to our collection of story telling and was pleasantly surprised! This is a great book to start teaching the Chinese written characters and the children love love love this story! They even now can pick out the written characters in other written materials because of this book. The story is memorable. Author uses the Chinese character strokes over the pictures. Pictures are cute and story is entertaining.Highly recommend this book!!!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why no pinyin? 31 Dec. 2008
By P. Tempest - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful first introduction to chinese characters for kids. The story is cute, the illustrations are very attractive and fitting the characters into the pictures is a great neumonic. The only thing that left my child reader frustrated was 'daddy, how do you pronounce those characters?' A pinyin pronounciation guide underneath or even at the end would have made this good book great.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well drawn and a clever teaching tool 19 Sept. 2008
By Hurricane Mitch - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book! It is a large format so my son has a lot to look at and does not get as easily distracted as he does with smaller books. The pictures are also high contrast. I enjoy the illustration a great deal myself. And did I mention the clever integration of the Chinese characters into the illustration. I'm not sure yet how much my son has learned but it has taught me a lot. Great book!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not useful for teaching Chinese 25 Jun. 2010
By X.F. - Published on Amazon.com
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I am Chinese and my daughter is mixed so I have been looking for books to teach her how to speak chinese. This book is pretty useless for this purpose - There is no pinyin so it shows you one or two Chinese characters on each page, the english meaning, but it does not show you how to pronounce it in Chinese!!!! There is a book called Gordon and Li Li and it's awesome!
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