唐人社区-北美华人论坛-外国人在中国版-Recommendations for Traditional Chinese storybooks for children|
I would like to enquire if anyone has any recommendations for traditional Chinese storybooks for children, age range between five and maybe ten.
What I am thinking of is along the lines of early reading storybooks equivalent to Enid Blyton, the Ladybird series, Roald Dahl, etc. The aim is to get them started on reading, using materials that are interesting and stimulate their imagination.
Now, as to what I mean by “traditional”. I am aware that there are quite a number of Chinese language translations of English language or Western stories. What I am looking for are traditional tales, folklore or even history from China. You could say I am aiming to have my children learn to read the Chinese language in its ‘natural habitat’, as it would give them exposure to Chinese culture and traditions in the Chinese language.
I have checked out a few threads on the topic in this Forum and elsewhere. Unfortunately, most of them recommended books like 三國演義 and 西游記, which would be linguistically (and conceptually, especially in the case of 三國演義) too difficult for primary school children to read (unless what the posters mean are the simplified versions). Others recommend comics, but because my aim is for them to acquire the language and expand their vocabulary in the process, I would prefer if the proportion of words in the pages outweigh the illustrations!
As to why I chose ten years old as the cut-off, I chose it as an arbitrary age where the children (who are, or will be attending full Chinese primary schooling) would have acquired sufficient proficiency in the language to be able to move on and choose their own leisure reading material. The crux here is the early stage of their acquiring the language, and how to supplement their school learning of the language with fun, yet traditional, leisure reading - alongside the plethora of English language selections today, like Geronimo and Thea Stilton!
Oh, one more thing: I have a preference for Traditional Character editions. However, if the best selections of such childrens’ books are only available in Simplified Character editions, then I am prepared to make a compromise for the sake of obtaining good reading material!