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At Home with bilingualism! [Read With Me Mommy’s “My Home (我的家)” Book Review]

February 13, 2014

I’m always searching for bilingual books with local content so my children can learn the vocabulary that’s associated with their daily lives. I mean, how many books can you find in the market that can effectively teach preschoolers names of items and places found in a typical home and HDB neighbourhoods in Singapore? Places like the community centre, HDB void deck and sports complex are unique to our country and hardly feature in Chinese or English picture books and graded readers for preschoolers.

So when Read With Me Mommy, a local online Chinese bookstore approached us to do a book review for this made in Singapore book-set, I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Finally! A book my children can identify with:

My Home_Book Set

My Home (我的家) is a set of bilingual books written by local authors, Rayne Ngoi and Cheng Pei Yee, and illustrated by Wang Lu Bo. It comes in a set of 2 books – a picture book and an accompanying activity book. The book follows Jason, an adorable boy who is looking for somebody to play with him (haha, it really is Ben in disguise – always looking for someone to play with!). But everyone at home is just too busy. And so together with his dog, Jason investigates every room in his HDB flat to find a playmate.

I got Ben to review this book with me during one of our once-a-week ‘Chinese Day’…

My Home_Ben the Book Reviewer

As we followed Jason through each room as he sought a playmate (and Ben seeing so much of him in the book as Jason, hurhurhur), we started discovering the many items and places that were all too familiar to us – places like the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room, the void deck and the HDB-neightbourhood playground.

My Home_Picture Book

My Home_Around the neighbourhood

And so we learned how to name items and places in both English and Chinese while enjoying the story (written like a poem) with vivid illustrations that were oh-so-very engaging. Ben particularly enjoyed lifting the many little flaps in this 40-page book which is beautifully illustrated.

The bilingual activity book complements the picture book and is specially written for children aged 2 to 6. The activity book contains vocabulary practices, hanyu pinyin learning aids, picture cards, interactive games, DIY handicraft, and sticker matching activities to make the process of learning fun and enjoyable. Here’s a sneak peek of some pages in the activity book:

My Home_Activity Book

My Home_Activity Book Game

This book-set is such a wonderful resource for keeps, and I would definitely introduce both the picture and activity books to the younger ones as soon as they are ready. The gem of a book retails at Read With Me Mommy for SGD$32 and is great to be read again and again especially with those  flaps that would keep little hands busy!

And I have a giveaway here on the blog!

I have 5 book-sets of My Home (我的家) to give away to 5 readers! To qualify for the random draw, all that’s needed is FOUR SIMPLE STEPS:

1) Like Read With Me Mommy on Facebook

2) Like Zenru Publishing on Facebook

3) Like Motherkao on Facebook (if you haven’t already done so)

4) Leave me a comment here telling me who you’d like to win the book-set for

Giveaway closes on 20 Feb and winners will be randomly picked and announced on the blog.

Do also check out Read With Me Mommy for more Chinese and bilingual titles!

And the winners are…

My Home Giveaway Winners

Congratulations! I hope the people you’d like to win this book set for would have a smashing time reading!

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32 Comments

  • Reply Teo Han Choo February 20, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    good to see a local book! support local book.
    hope to give one to my grand-daugther

  • Reply John Teo February 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    phew, almost miss this great giveaway to win the book for my daughter!

  • Reply Alan Tan February 20, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Hope to win for my god-daughter who loves to read

  • Reply Joeanne Shim February 20, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    My 4 year old will love this book! cute pictures and vivid colours

  • Reply Teo Yee Long February 20, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    For Joyce

  • Reply Eunice Wee February 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    I would like to win this book for my 3 year old boy. He is starting to enjoy the chinese language and I hope to read him more chinese books. Thanks!

  • Reply Gordon February 20, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Hope to win for my boy. He likes to read Chinese books.

  • Reply Zoe Toh February 19, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    I’d like to win this book set for my three kids (and yay to one less Chinese book that teaches my kids a “巴士” is a “公车’)!

  • Reply Linda February 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Thanks for the giveway! Would like to win this for my boy turning 5 this April 🙂

  • Reply Adora @ Gingerbreadmum February 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I’d love a copy of this for my 5 year old daughter Poppy who is really starting to crack me up with her bilingual sentences! (“Meimei! Jiejie will hua4 her shou3 zhe4 li3 for you!”)

  • Reply Mei Chee February 16, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    For my 27 mo boy whose mommy needs all the aids and tips out there to help him enjoy learning Chinese

  • Reply Kathryn Ng February 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Hope to win this for my 2yo! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Yvonne Chang February 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    I would like to win this book for my 5 year old boy.Thanks!

  • Reply Esther February 15, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    The set looks lovely. Like to have one set for my 2 kids.

  • Reply shih hui February 15, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Like to win this for my 4 yr old daughter.
    Thank u for hosting the giveaway!

  • Reply Cynthia February 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Would like to win this for my 4 yo girl

  • Reply Althea February 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    This is the first gift away I am participating in. Really hope to win it for my boys!

  • Reply jingxian February 14, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    I would love to win the books for my 2 boys.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Sharmaine February 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    It Will be a great gift for my son!

  • Reply Meiyan February 13, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Would like to win this book for my boy…
    Thk u:)

  • Reply Winnie February 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Hope to win this for my 5 and 2 year-old.

  • Reply Robert Sim February 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    It will be an awesome birthday gift for my two-turning-three year old child this March!

  • Reply Carol Lim February 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Would love to win for my five year old boy.
    Thanks!

  • Reply Jolin February 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    I would love to win for my 3 yrs old.

  • Reply Zhenzhu February 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Would love to read this with my 3 kids who are all below 6 now! : )

  • Reply joey February 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Thanks for the chance. Would love to have this set for my preschool gal.

  • Reply Theresa Koh February 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    I hope I can win this book for my 5yo girl and coming 4yo girl on 19feb 🙂

  • Reply Adeline February 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Oh what a cute and practical series! Would love to win it for Noah, who really needs to be exposed to more Chinese books.

  • Reply Sheron February 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    For my 2.5 year old boy.
    Thank you for the review & giveaway!

  • Reply Dominique Goh February 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I would like to read this set of books with my 3 yr old.

  • Reply Irene Fock February 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    I would like to win this book for my 6yo son! Thanks for th giveaway! 🙂

  • Reply Amie Chen February 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    I hope to win this book for my youngest child who is turning 4 this year 🙂

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