Who doesnâ€™t like fairy tales? We all have favorite fairy tales we learned from our parents or grandparents when we were growing up.
Fairy tales are a type of short narratives. They began in oral form to help people explain the world around them. Some are realistic and informative, while others are fantastic and imaginative with fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments.
One of the most popular kinds of characters in fairy tale is the talking animals. These animals often are anthropomorphic, possessing human-like qualities and emotions but appearing as another animal. The usage of talking animals enable storytellers to combine the basic characteristics of the animal with human behavior, to apply metaphor, and to entertain children.
|The Crow and the Pitcher (Chinese Edition)||The Emperor’s New Clothes (Chinese Edition)|
Many of fairly tales have deep morals for the children to learn and inculcate in themselves. By portraying struggles between good and evil where characters must make difficult choices between right and wrong, or heroes and villains contest the very fate of imaginary worlds, fairly tales capture the meaning of morality and remind us of moral truths whose ultimateÂ claims to normalityÂ and permanence we would not think of questioning (Guroian, 1996). The mentalities and values conveyed in fairy tales have impacted many aspects of our culture and personal belief patterns.
Because fairly tales helps develop childrenâ€™s reasoning, logic and imaginative skills, and offer a moral education, for centuries they make for a very good reading for children, especially before the bedtime.
The most immortal of fairy tales are perhaps Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Story of the Three Little PigsÂ and such. These timeless classics are etchedÂ in our hearts and embedded in our minds forever, and we love to read them over and over again, generations after generations.
|The Adventures of Pinocchio (Chinese Edition)||The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Chinese Edition)|
Right now, thanks to DDâ€™s Chinese uncle (see I have an idea to open a Chinese bookstore online!), I can read all these famous traditional English fairy tales to DD in Chinese. All the story books contain the Chinese characters and the Pinyin (phonetic transcriptions).
Although I donâ€™t deliberately teach her pinyin at her age (see The reason why NOT to teach babies pinyin), these story books offer a great way for her to get familiar with Chinese characters and even recognize them later. The accompanying appealing and colorful cartoons illustrations also help engage her and compliment the text.
All these Chinese books featuring world fairly tales will be available in the Best 4 Future Bilingual Bookstore on Nov 1, 2010. Welcome to shop and read them to your children, for bedtime and anytime!
|The Frog Prince (Chinese Edition)||Snow White (Chinese Edition)|
Guroian, V. (1996). Awakening the Moral Imagination: Teaching Virtues Through Fairy Tales. The Intercollegiate Review, Fall, 1996.
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