Snowflake Books marked Chinese New Year 2016 with a series of children’s books retelling amazing Chinese fairy tales and legends, festivals, traditions and wisdoms.

Written by Su Yen Hu and Lihui Wang, the books are in both Simplified Chinese and English with gorgeous illustrations. They are not only a great tool for beginners learning to speak a different language, but a fabulous way for anyone to learn something about Chinese culture, and to see that however far apart in distance and language, the East and West share the same human values.

The way the Chinese characters are clearly shown with the Pinyin* below the English text makes it incredibly easy to see the translation and the use of colour to highlight key words and phrases is brilliant.

At the back of each book is a CD, which reads the story in first English and then Chinese.

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