Start to read independently with these short comic stories, all written in characters that the child has learnt from Basic Chinese 500 course. The stories in this series include history, classic, language learning, science, humour, and more.
Each story comes with some background information. It would be a great opportunity for parents to engage children in related discussions.
Let us read the comic story first. Ask your child to come up with their answers. The answers and explanations are at the bottom.
水牛和河馬都住在陸地上，只是它們喜歡長時間泡在水裏。水牛要靠水來散發身體的熱量，而河馬因為皮膚十分嬌嫩 (意外吧！) 而需要在水中保持濕潤。
2048年將會是潤年，有366天。潤年每四年一次，因此一般來說年份是4的倍數，那年就會是潤年。可是有例外喔：2000年是潤年，但1700, 1800, 1900卻都不是潤年。
Here are the answers to the questions:
Fish do not have eyelids, so technically they never shut their eyes, not even in their sleep.
Although buffalo and hippopotamus are called 水牛 and 河馬 respectively, they live on land. Buffalos need to spend a lot of time in water to release their body heat. Hippopotamuses have very tender skin (surprised?) so they need to stay in water to keep their skin hydrated.
Q3: True AND False
Peaches grown on trees. However, watermelons are too heavy so they grow on the ground.
2048 will be a leap year and there will be 366 days. Leap year happens once every 4 years. Usually, it’s a leap year when the number of the year is divisible by 4. However, there are exceptions: 2000 was a leap year, whereas 1700, 1800, 1900 were not.
How many did your child get right? As your child progresses to Building Reader, reading starts to become a tool for learning. It’s time to introduce them to non-fiction too.