The week’s story read aloud is Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.   This post is as a result of the overwhelming response and downloads I received from my last blog post: Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes.  I never expected that I’d see that many downloads – 53 of them just in one week. Wow!

This tells me that there is a need in our community, and I must create more to keep feeding our little ones hungry brains smile.

If you are new here, my last and this blog posts are all about creating bilingual storybooks ourselves and teach our little ones to read the stories in Simplified Chinese.

So far, this method has worked wonderfully for us. My daughter was able to read this book by herself in less than a week. Here is how she reads. Not perfect but it’s a progress. 

Show me the Chinese learning resources from – Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.

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Same as the last learning resource for the story I Love My White Shoes, this week, I’ve again created eight pages for the story Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.

This pack include all the Chinese translation for the entire storybook Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and eight double-sided flashcards with the following Chinese words/phrases with Pinyin and English:

衬衫 chèn shān (shirt), 纽扣 niǔ kòu (button), 哭kū (cry), 歌gē (song), 冰激凌bīng jī líng (ice cream), 肚脐 dù qí (belly button), 去qù (go), 来 lái (come)


Don’t forget to POST these words into the mailbox after learning and playing with these words/flashcards. I’ve told my daughter that before Christmas, we’ll write a letter to Santa and tell him how many Chinese words she’s learnt this year, Santa might reward her with a BIG SURPRISE! Use your misterious tone. Young children love it. 

If you don’t know what the mailbox is about, I use it as a word box to keep all the Chinese flashcards. Intrigued? Please read my post on how to make a DIY wooden or cardboard mailbox to encourage playful learning.

As for the Chinese translation, I’ve put them in the speech bubbles that are in proportion to the A4 size Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Button book we had.

You can see how they look like in my story read-aloud video below and learn to pronounce the Chinese words together with your child if you are not a Mandarin-speaking parent.

Why did I create bilingual storybooks?


Out of frustration in short! I couldn’t find the bilingual copies of Pete the Cat series books that had these three elements in them: English, Simplified Chinese and Pinyin.

The fact that we’ve bought the English copy of Pete the Cat (incl. I Love My White Shoes and His Four Groovy Buttons etc.) books already, I didn’t want to spend money on buying another set of Pete the Cat in Chinese.

My daughter is just starting to read storybooks in Chinese. I want to make her feel confident in reading Chinese with the aid of Pinyin. But unfortunately, most of the Chinese storybooks come with no Pinyin and I can’t source them in Australia.

So I started to translate English from I Love My White Shoes to now the 2nd His Four Grooby Buttons.


pete the cat and his four groovy buttons in chinese

I only teach my daughter Simplified Chinese at home. Pinyin helps her to read the book by herself. When you see her reading His Four Groovy Buttons in the video earlier, she was reading Pinyin half of the time.

That’s why I stress repeatedly that children must learn Pinyin in order to pronounce the Chinese characters in Mandarin.

If your child is learning Traditional Chinese and Zhuyin, this learning resource is probably not for you. Why? Because you don’t want to confuse your child with two systems. Stick with one is the way to go.

In case you are interested in finding out more about Pinyin, here are a few blog posts that would provide the why-what-how-when to learn Pinyin for your child.

What is Pinyin?

What forms Pinyin?

Why do children need to learn Pinyin?

What’s the best time to learn Pinyin?

How kids can learn and remember each Pinyin sound, the FUN way!

Now because I’ve talked about how we use the bilingual Pete the Cat book to teach Chinese at home in my last blog post I Love My White Shoes, there is no need for me to repeat here.

What I can guarantee you is that I’m going to keep translating and sharing many more different storybooks with you in the future,  not just this one.

Why do I want to do that? Because it works in helping kids reading Chinese books. 

pete the cat and his four groovy buttons – story read aloud in chinese and english

I know, and you know, that reading is the best way for our little ones to improve literacy, expand their minds and vocabularies. Bilingual books deliver all of these promises in two languages.

As a busy mum, I’m like you juggling many balls at one time. With the limited time ( approx. 20 – 30 minutes) that we have each morning, I want to find the most efficient ways to teach my child Chinese although we live in English-speaking environment. Reading bilingual His Four Groovy Buttons is one of them.

Believe me, as someone who only started to learn English at age 24, I know what to focus on to get the biggest bang on our valuable time.

For me, language fluency for a bilingual child like my daughter means to be able to SPEAK, UNDERSTAND, READ and WRITE in Mandarin Chinese, just as well as English.


My homeschooling incorporates activities that cover all of these four areas.

Gosh, I’ve got so many great ideas in homeschooling Chinese. I wish I had 48 hours a day so I could do more and share more with you.

But for now, I can only promise one blog post, with a video tutorial and learning resources when necessary, per week.

My goal is simple: to help you as much as possible in teaching your child Chinese at home, especially if you are a non-Mandarin speaking parent.

If you are on a similar path as us, remember, you are not alone.  That’s what Panda Mama Chinese community is all about. No matter where you live in the world, with your persistence and efforts, you can make a difference in your child’s life.


What do you think of this learning resource? PLEASE keep me posted with your child’s progress in reading Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.  If you have more ideas or books you like me to translate, leave your comments below or go to Panda Mama Facebook . Happy learning and teaching.

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