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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)
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)
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)
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?

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    wenjonggal // January 13th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I have discovered your blog and website through you having left a comment on the ereadbooks at (where I had subscribed to the comments)… I too have an ereadbook pen and we like it a lot, although it has fallen a bit by the wayside as new toys and books have come in the house. I have been busy and neglecting a bit to concentrate on my son’s chinese.

    But he loves Tchoupi, whom he knows in French dvd animated form. And these books look to be about a level I could mostly read myself. As there is no pinyin, that is pretty important, or it takes hours per page looking up radicals by stroke number in a dictionary! I am very excited to see these books. I am hoping to get my son into a saturday chinese class and maybe then he’ll be more amenable to me reading to him in my bad (third-or-fourth-language) chinese!

    Anyways, lovely to discover you and your blog!

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    Lina // January 13th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    @wenjonggal: I visited your blog and left you a comment too. 🙂 I am glad you like the Easy-Read Pen. It is quite helpful for children and parents who are not Chinese speakers to learn Chinese.

    My daughter DD loves Tchoupi. She wanted me to read to her again and again. I think because she is close to Tchoupi’s age, she could relate some of his behaviours to herself. I wish someday I can get the French original edition for her. Where did you get the French DVD of Tchoupi?

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    Lina // January 15th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    @Tchoupi in Chinese! | Big Boy and Xiao Chien: Thank you so much, wenjonggal, for your wonderful and detailed post about my blog and shop. Keep in touch!

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    Caryn // August 23rd, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    This looks adorable! The illustration style is so great. I need to look this up myself. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lina // August 25th, 2013 at 5:43 am

    @Caryn: great you like it! Keep in touch!

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    Mommynificent // August 28th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I love that this is available in so many languages! It seems like once a child loves the character in one language, it would be like already having a friend in a new one they want/need to learn. Thanks so much for sharing about these. I’m going to look for them! I’m sharing this on my facebook page as well as on Twitter and G+. Thanks for linking up with Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again soon.

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    Leanna @ Alldonemonkey // September 2nd, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    What a wonderful series! It is adorable and sounds like it would really help with learning the language. Thanks for sharing at the Culture Swapper!

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    Lina // September 3rd, 2013 at 11:27 am

    @Leanna: Great that you like it! I am going to read the T’choupi series to my twins to see whether they like it!

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    Kriss MacDonald // October 16th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I think I need to get these books for myself!! I used to read and speak Mandarin and these sound like a nice gentle way of helping me relearn forgotten characters! I’ll then save them for my kids as I want them to start learning Mandarin when they’re a bit older. Thank you for sharing this on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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    Lina // October 17th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    @Kriss: You can read and speak Mandarin? So glad to know! How long you have learned Chinese? Glad that you like T’choupi books. They are very cute.

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    Reshama // October 16th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Perfect collection for a bilingual reader! It is hard to find quality bilingual books and I am glad to share you store with my friends! Thanks for joining us on the Kid Lit Bog Hop!

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    Lina // October 17th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    @Reshmama: So glad that you like them. Those books are my children’s favorite and I love them too!

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    Julie Grasso // October 16th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    This is why I love this hop. I would never have known about a great series like this. It looks really quirky. Thanks so much for joining us on the Hop.

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    Lina // October 17th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    @Julie: I am very happy to join in a group of booklovers!

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    Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews // October 16th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    This looks like a wonderful collection of books! Glad to have you hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop with us!

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    Lina // October 17th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    @Katie: I love those books too! Thank you so much for stopping by.

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    Katy // October 18th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Stopping by on the hop… I’m so glad you’re raising your daughter bilingual! My MIL came over the Philippines, but didn’t pass on her language – my love and I are both so sad for that loss of heritage. These books look like a great tool.

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    Lina // October 18th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    @Katy: Thank you for stopping by! I am just very lucky to a natives-speaker so that I can pass on my heritage to them. You will find your way to connect!

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    Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews // October 22nd, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Oh, I’m a little late hopping with the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I’m so glad that you have joined us Lina and I can see that you will be introducing us to many new books that we may not have run across otherwise. Thanks so much for joining us!


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