Are you struggling to find a bilingual copy of the storybook Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes in English and Chinese? Or, even if you did manage to find a bilingual copy, there was no Chinese Pinyin in it!
Also, let’s face it. Books are expensive! I bought the English copy of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes with AU$13.35 on Amazon. That’s just for one book!
I know that’s the frustrations I had. I’m home-schooling my daughter Mandarin Chinese. Reading is one of my favourite ways to teach my child Chinese.
To help my 6-year-old reading aloud Chinese characters in Mandarin, Pinyin is a MUST!
Why do I make a big fuss about children learning Chinese Pinyin? Check out my following posts where I talked extensively about why-what-how-when to learn Pinyin.
So, what’s my solution to get a bilingual copy of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes?
Here it is what I did without costing a cent:
- I translated this story from English to Chinese myself!
- I attached Pinyin with each Chinese character, and
- I put the Chinese texts and Pinyin in the speech bubbles that have similar colours to the original book. That way, when I insert the Chinese into the book, it looks like a part of the book.
- I printed the Chinese texts onto the A4 adhesive papers.
- My daughter and I cut these speech bubbles, stuck them into the book and voila! We’ve got a bilingual copy of Pete the Cat: I Love My Shoes!
Because we did ourselves, my daughter loves it and so do I. Although it takes a bit of time out of my day, it’s worth it. By doing this, I’m showing my daughter we can create FUN things with our ideas and hands.
With the same idea, I’m planning to translate more English stories into Chinese with Pinyin in the future. If this is what you want too, then keep reading.
There are three benefits I can see:
- My daughter can read her favourite stories in English and Chinese.
- It will save me lots of money in buying storybooks.
- My child can learn and be a part of the creative process.
So, if you are facing the same frustration as me and would like to save some money in buying storybooks, stay tuned with my weekly updates by subscribing to my newsletters.
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As a thank you, you can download my Chinese translation to Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes for FREE below.
This learning resource ( 8 pages) includes not only the full translation for Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, it also has eight doubled-sided flashcards I’ve made which I’ll talk about next.
Just one disclaimer, though. I’ve designed the Chinese texts with the original English copy of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes I bought, which was in A4 size. So, the proportion of the speech bubbles with Chinese texts can only fit into the A4 size storybook ( as shown in my video).
Depending on where you live, the copy you buy might be bigger or smaller than A4. If that’s the case, the Chinese texts might not fit into your book. Give it a try though.
What Chinese words you can teach your child from Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes?
It’s read and learn time! Let’s get the best out of this book.
For the stories that my child loves, I always like to pick some words that I know she hasn’t learnt and put them on flashcards.
I’d then use these flashcards to play word games with my daughter using the DIY mailbox toy we made for her. Check out How to Make a DIY wooden or cardboard mailbox to encourage playful learning?
The mailbox is like a word box that we use to keep all the flashcards in once place. It’s also a great way to track your child’s progress in terms of learning Chinese words. From time to time, I’ll get those flashcards out and check if my daughter still recognises those words .
I also talked about more in-depth on how I use the mailbox as a FUN way to teach my daughter Chinese in my other read-and-learn blog post I Broke My Trunk. So do check it out.
The story in Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes is simple. It mentioned the following colours:
- White （白色báisè）
- Red （红色hóngsè）
- Blue （蓝色lán sè）
- Brown （棕色zōngsè）
The reason I didn’t put these words on the flashcards within this post is that I’ve already covered the colours in another read-and-learn post: BROWN BEAR – Story Read Aloud in Mandarin and English. From there you can download the FREE flashcards and help your child to learn nine colours.
To end this post, I’d like to thank you for reading this post. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes is just the beginning of the many English stories that I’m going to translate and share with my subscribers. So stay tuned.
Also, the contents and learning resources I put on my blog work for us, but it may not work for you. If you think I could improve anywhere to help you teach your child Mandarin Chinese, please let me know. I’m all ears.
This comes to the end of my post this week. As always, I’d love you hear your thoughts and feedback. Leave your comments below or go to Panda Mama Facebook community to start or join the conversation. Happy learning and teaching.