When I looked for children’s books to sell on my online bilingual bookstore, I found a popular French educational picture book series, created by French artist Thierry Courtin and published by Nathan Jeunesse. The protagonist of this book series is a curious 3-year-old-boy who looks like a penguin named T’choupi.
I want to know more information about this book series, so I did a research about T’choupi and its creators. At the birth of his son in 1992, the designer Thierry Courtin created a young boy looking like a penguin named T’choupi.
Since 1997, stories about T’choupi began to appear in books. Each title deals with a situation of daily life of T’choupi, his small pleasures and little misfortunes.
So far there were 89 titles in the T’choupi collection, which was translated into more than 20 languages and had generated sales of over 40 million copies. Besides six cartoon DVDs, an animated film featuring T’choupi was published in 2004.
The good news is, the T’choupi collection was brought to China. Forty eight titles, including two sets, T’choupi’s Life Stories and T’choupi’s Magical Picture Books, were translated in Chinese. With no doubt, I bought all the 48 books.
When I received the books, I read them to DD. She immediately fell in love with them. She wanted me to read to her again and again, during breakfast, after lunch, and before the bedtime. I could even recite some dialogues since I repeated them so many times.
|Tchoupi Life Stories (Chinese Edition)||Tchoupi Magical Picture Books (Chinese Edition)|
The series T’choupi’s Life Stories is more suitable for my two-year-old’s age. In this fun-filled book series, T’choupi is enthusiastic, energetic and full of curiosity, like any typical three-year-old. Occasionally he is bossy and starts arguments with his friends. He also tends to get upset, angry and jealous quickly and then regrets it later. Sometimes T’choupi lies and has a slightly disapproving character.
With lovely illustrations and easy-to-understand dialogues, the books also deals gently with the subjects children often face, such as how to become confident, how to find fun out of boredom, how to share with friends, how to care for others, and much more.
The language is simple but recounted with humor and tenderness. Currently this series is my children’s favorite T’choupi collection.
|T’choupi Gets Lost in the Supermarket (Chinese Edition)||T’choupi Wants to Watch TV (Chinese Edition)|
The series T’choupi’s Magical Picture Books is targeted for kids of 3-7. With simple stories that are described with such verisimilitude, the books in this series allow children to experience the environment and nature with T’choupi: the garden, farm, sea, forest, beach …
With this character-mirror which little ones can identify, children will make progress in the discovery of themselves, their feelings and emotions, and the world around them.
The book begins and ends with a list of vocabularies with their individual small illustrations that appear in the story, making it an excellent means of learning elementary Chinese!
These words and their small illustrations are punctuated throughout the story. Children are encouraged to appoint the images and speak the words out while the parent reads the story.
This early age reading system promotes the acquisition of language by establishing a dialogue between parents and children. It firmly grasps children’s attention, provides them the initiate to read and the fun of reading. It also allows children to enrich his vocabulary and discover the joy of participating in reading.
Close to the end of this book, there is a big puzzle map that summarizes all the previous chapters. The map allows children to observe the book from different angles. It also add fun into reading and make reading much more enjoyable!
|T’choupi and Transport (Chinese Edition)||T’choupi at the Night (Chinese Edition)|
No wonder the T’choupi book series is so popular and beloved. Children are the best judges on children’s book, aren’t they?