Chinese dumplings find their way into a savory children’s book

Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is one of those rare exceptions [to flashcard like bilingual books] that incorporates both pinyin, characters (traditional), and a delightful story.”

Learn Mandarin Chinese with this fun children’s book by Eugenia Chu, Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子)!

Mommy surprises Brandon with his grandma from China, Pó Po (婆婆), when she picks him up from school one day.  When they get home, the adventure begins!  While Brandon and Pó Po (婆婆) are making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子), Brandon makes a mess and he and Pó Po (婆婆) have a good laugh!  They chat and bond over the experience.  Then Brandon eats and eats and eats and makes a surprise at the end that delights the whole family!

This adorable story includes some conversational Mandarin Chinese (including pin yin – pronunciation) and is a fun read for families with children who are learning, or are interested in, Mandarin or Chinese culture.

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Eugenia Chu

More reviews:

“The true measure of the success of a children’s book is when they drag it off the shelf over and over to be read with them. . . This book does that.”

“An illustrated children’s story that mixes American and Chinese cultures, bringing not only traditions together, but also the two languages.”

“I love your book! I was a preschool teacher and I think this book will be a great asset for any school.”

“This is a great book to spark kid’s interest into other languages and cultures.”

“This is such a cute book on so many levels.”

“Great book for someone who has child or grandchild who enjoys something different in a children’s book.”

“A short, sweet (or should that be savoury?) children’s book which links food, family and culture.”

“I love the educational component of this book.”

About the author:

Eugenia Chu is an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer.  She is a first generation Chinese-American and lives in Miami with her husband and son, Brandon, who is the inspiration for her stories.

When Brandon was very little, the author couldn’t find children’s storybooks to read to him which touched upon Chinese culture and which included some Chinese (Mandarin) words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary, so she started writing her own.  Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is the first “Brandon” story.

Find & follow Eugenia here:


Post #21 of the holiday blogroll for participants in Indie Authors Monthly.

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