The classic Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems always has kids in giggles, and are awesome for budding readers to practise high frequency words. A top favorite for gifts, or birthday goodie bags!
I give these books full credit for teaching my kids how to read words like 在，能，要，会 that got my kids stumped in 四五快读 as they are less concrete. The kids would request me to read a whole load at a time as they really enjoy these books.
Over the months since we've got this set, the kids have been requesting to re-read them many times! Different characters have different colored speech bubbles in the book, so it's really fun for group readaloud. We take different characters each round, and switch around the next time we read it again together.
I appreciate that the text is large and really readable, giving budding readers a lot of confidence. I really love the typography in this set - you can literally see the character's emotion in the printed text! When the text is small, we know to whisper, and when the text is bold and in big font, the kids scream their lungs out!
The only bad time to read this is when the baby is sleeping, the elder two can get pretty carried away in their dramatization and laughter.
Recommended for ages 4-8
Number of books in set: 17
Do check out the other set by Mo Willems - 淘气小鸽子 The Pigeon (Set of 6)!
Just to share an awesome teaching guide for Mo Willems's Elephant & Piggie Books that I found online on Disney Books! The guide is in English but it has plenty of ideas that can be adapted for our extended learning after reading this set of books in Mandarin.
Acclaim for the Elephant & Piggie Series:
✰ “[A]ll the snappy pacing and wry humor readers have come to expect of the Geisel Medal–winning series, with a valuable lesson in friendship and flexibility tucked inside.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
✰ “These masterful mini-dramas will delight and amuse easy-reader and picture-book audiences, alike.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
✰ “Accessible, appealing, and full of authentic emotions about what makes friendships tick, these titles will put a contemporary shine on easy reader collections” — Booklist (starred review)
✰ “The masterful combination of early-reader convention and sly wit make this pair of pals one to celebrate.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
开心小猪和大象哥哥 Elephant and Piggie (Set of 17)
Got this series for my son (3.5 yrs old) who just started learning to read. We read them together and he actually understood the funny parts of the story and laughed heartily. A good series for beginning readers to practice reading independently or have fun reading as a family.
This set is filled with hilarious storyline and plenty of simple, repetitive sentences overflowing with high frequency words. For us, it was love at first read. In terms of content, I would say they’re close to perfect: perfect length, perfect level of humour, and perfect depiction of the world and people within it, and the importance of friendship. Having over 50+ pages for a kids book sounds long, but the pages are punchy and the time flies! These books come in a set of 5 and a set of 17. Boy am I glad that I chose to buy the set of 17, since my kids tore through this entire series so fast.