Cang Jie, The Inventor of Chinese Characters Book Review

If you want to know more about the Chinese characters and their origin, Cang Jie, The Inventor of Chinese Characters is a great book to read. I have been teaching my son the mandarin language for the past school year and this is a really good material to help him appreciate the characters even more. The Chinese characters are quite different from English and each character stands as a symbol of the word. Once you understand the meaning behind the characters, it is easier to remember what the character stands for.

Cang Jie was a Chinese historian who is helping the Emperor record all things. During his time, there were no characters yet. He invented different ways to record but eventually, he found inspiration as he recognized how different the tracks of the animals are from one another. He carefully observed the nature around him and begin making symbols for each one. This became the beginning of the Chinese characters we know today.

Cang Jie, The Inventor of Chinese Characters is written by Li Jian.  Mr. Li Jian used to be a middle school art teacher, editor for children’s books and a partner in an illustration studio. He currently owns his own illustration studio focusing on children’s fairy tales.

You may purchase this book from Tuttle Publishing . The book comes in hardcover format and has 42 pages. The book is written in a way that children will easily understand and appreciate.

For more information on Tuttle Publishing, please visit their website at http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/ and their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TuttleBooks/

Nuggies Vol. 5, If I Could Climb Trees To Be Released Soon!

Nuggies is an illustrated children’s book series. In its past books, it has featured Chomper, a hungry Nuggie and what he will do to get a treat ; Coco, a lonely Nuggie who discovers being different is okay; Pumpkin, Coco and Chomper’s new friend, and Gigi a french Nuggie who helped them as they get lost in Paris.

And the much awaited Nuggies Volume 5 will be released on March 28, 2017. If I Could Climb Trees features Coco as she tries to imagine life if she could only climb trees. She imagines herself becoming a squirrel, a lady bug, an ant, and even a caterpillar! The different scenes captures the beauty of day and night, also the transition from real life to dream sequences.

The story is once again written by Jeff Minich and illustrated by Renan Garcia. It is an adventure booked filled with colorful illustrations that touches the heart of the young and old alike! Its main theme is to encourage children to explore their imaginations and see the world through the eyes of others.

The author shares how he wants to build empathy among children.  “It takes children on a fantastic journey while also encouraging them to consider the world through many different points of view. Building empathy and understanding for others is a key theme of the Nuggies book series, and one that is woven throughout this latest book.”

If I Could Climb Trees is a hardcover book which retails at a price $19.95. It is currently available for pre-order at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and other leading booksellers. As part of its launch, it will be offering Amazon Kindle edition download version from March 30, 2017 to April 2, 2017. Check out the  If I Could Climb Trees – Amazon Product Page for more information.

Do visit the Nuggies Website and Nuggies Facebook Page for more information about the Nuggies children’s book series.

My First, Second & Third Attempts at Parenting Review

CSM Publishing sent me a copy of Mr. Steve Murrell’s book, My First, Second & Third Attempts at Parenting. I know Mr. Steve Murrell is the founder of Every Nation Churches and Ministries but aside from that, I had no idea what to expect. As I know that this book deals about parenting, I gladly took the book and read it.

I thought this book would be like other parenting books filled with how-to or strategies in raising godly children but I was pleasantly surprised that the approach was quite different. The whole book dealt mostly about the heart of parents. Mr. Murrell used his personal reflections and stories to help me search through my own heart as I read every chapter.

The book is subdivided into 3 parts which includes History, Heart and Home. History is filled with stories of the Murrell family. It allows us to take a glimpse of the personal attempts at parenting his 3 sons at various stages of their life and ministry. The chapters also showed what it was like to raise American children in the Philippines.  Heart includes discussion about God’s heart, the children’s heart and the parent’s own heart. The bulk of this part focuses on the heart of the parents. There is a lengthy discussion about the roles of parents and the proper attitude of parenting. What really caught my attention was the deadly diseases that can undermine efforts of parents. Legalism, compromise, favoritism, passivity and idolatry were all discussed clearly. Every issue is dealt with specifically. Home discusses discipleship issues and leadership development. All parents are reminded that discipleship and leadership development starts at home. At the end of the book, as parents, we are reminded that our ultimate goal is to please God and we can do that as we discover the heart of parenting.

I personally think this book can be a good book to read with fellow parents. There are discussion questions at the end of every chapter. Questions that will help you deal with heart issues and challenge you to take necessary actions.

I would recommend this book for parents with children ages 10 and above. The issues you will deal with as you enter the more challenging tweens and teens phase are mostly discussed in this book. It is a handy book that you would want to read as you enter the more exciting season of your parenting life.

After reading this book, I hope that I am challenged to become more authentic as a follower of Christ and a better influencer in the life of my children for Christ.

 

 

 

Tuttle Publishing’s Easy Mandarin Chinese Review

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Easy Mandarin Chinese by Tuttle Publishing is a complete language course which focuses on daily practical conversations. It is best for those who are traveling to a Mandarin speaking country or those who wish to understand the basics of the language. It comes with an Audio CD of the lessons being spoken by a native Mandarin speaker to guide the student as he learns about the language. Mandarin language is spoken in many Asian countries and this is being taught through the PinYin or english pronunciation guide.

This book has 20 Chapters and the topics include greetings, introducing yourself, going shopping, eating, making a phone call, feeling unwell, geography, riding to the airport and farewell. It even has a glossary section where the common words are listed in pinyin with their english meaning.

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In the beginning of every chapter, there is a comic section where you see the characters talking in pinyin and in english. Then the dialogue is written again on the first page of the chapter. The lessons are written down in english in the grammar notes section. Then for application, the pattern practice follows plus the exercises. There is an answer key at the end of the book.

It is a very easy to use language book and very straight forward. My son and I have been going through the book for the past month now and we’ve been going slowly so he remembers the words he’s been learning to speak. This is very helpful as we only want to tackle basic and common phrases. Even for a non Mandarin speaker, Easy Mandarin Chinese is easy to follow and understand.

Hopefully, at the end of our school year, my son will be fluently speaking basic Mandarin so he is ready for our future travels!

For more information about this book, you may check Tuttle Publishing website and Tuttle Publishing FB page.

The Marc Pingris Life Story Book Review

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When we heard that CSM Publishing has published Marc Pingris’ life story in a picture book format,we were interested to read about it since we watch PBA and he is one of our favorite players. So when CSM Publishing gave me the opportunity, I was excited to read this story with my son.

img_9545The story book is written in both Filipino and English. Allowing parents and children to read the story in 2 languages. The artwork is beautifully done and visually enticing for children. The story is told in first person point of view, making the story even more relatable and exciting.

What made this biography different from other story books is that there is a section where you will be asked a reflective question about your own life. This is a good opportunity to discuss the lessons learned from the life of Marc Pingris.

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Indeed, there are several life lessons that I discussed with my son, specifically about not giving up and persevering to reach his dreams in life.

This is a good picture book to add to your book collection specially if your child loves sports.

For more information, please contact CSM Publishing through their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CSMPublishing/, website at http://www.csm-publishing.com or  Twitter at https://twitter.com/csmpublishing