Tuesday, May 20, 2008

On the Spotlight: CE Bilingual Books

CE Bilingual Books is an independent publisher of Chinese-English bilingual books for children, featuring characters of both cultures and universal themes that are appealing to all kids.

One of their titles, THE FROG IN THE WELL, is about a little frog and how he views the world while teaching about China and its language. The story is based on an old Chinese fable and relates the tale of frog who lives in a deep well and a sea turtle living in a vast Eastern ocean. The frog lives happily in the well. He thinks the well is the world until a sea turtle tells him about the vast ocean.

Here's what reviewers are saying...

"Every parent loves a book that will entertain and teach their child. CE Bilingual Books has come up with a clever way to teach language and culture that is sure to please even the most discriminating young mind."

--Highly Recommended by Reviewer: Nancy Morris, Allbooks Reviews.

"The storyline is easily understood, age appropriate, well-written and will stimulate young minds to consider the status of both the frog in the well and the turtle in the vast ocean when considering their own lives and the opportunities they have before them. There is an ocean of knowledge to investigate that is outside the confines and happiness found in a well if one chooses to listen to others and broaden his or her cultural experiences. We can all be embarrassed by what we think we know—just ask the frog in the well."

--Bettie Corbin Tucker, IP Book Reviewers, Bookreviewers.org

About the Author...

"Irene Tsai, Ph.D. was born in Taiwan and grew up in Queens, New York. She believes books can change lives. Indeed, books have motivated, challenged, and reassured her throughout her life and into her career as an engineer. Growing up in Flushing, New York, Irene spent many hours reading books in Chinese and English in the Flushing Public Library and Chinese Culture Center. She credits her ability to communicate in both Chinese and English to her mother, who loved reading Chinese literature and watching traditional Chinese movies. Irene has published articles in the World Book Encyclopedia as well as scientific journals. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators." (as stated in the book's press release).

CE Bilingual Books is currently looking for talented writers and illustrators. Read their guidelines for more information.

1 comment:

Lindsay said...

Sounds great. Any book that teaches a child about a new culture or language sounds like a good idea to me. There should be more books like this.