Women after children become too busy trying to be mums. I cannot recall the last time I actually took a leisurely stroll down Orchard Road, looking through the charming store displays that shout SALE. The only place I’ve ever shopped since Ewan was born is Online. If they had the PayPal option, I will jump with joy! The convenience of PayPal is beyond belief. There isn’t even a need to pull out my credit card from my wallet to key in the long random numbers. Just a click of a button through PayPal and my purchases will be delivered at the doorstep within the week.
There are droves and droves of online bookstores available in Singapore but a large array of Mandarin good reads? What a rare find! I would confidently say Flip For Joy 乐翻天 is the only Mandarin bookstore that is constantly sourcing for fresh flips in the international market to satisfy our children’s (and parents’) intellectual needs. I got so addicted that I didn’t realise Ewan owned so many Flip For Joy 乐翻天 books until I sprawled them out around him. No matter where we are, even in the hospital visiting mummy, Ewan would plead to read his favourites.
In this giveaway post, I would like to introduce his latest obsession – 《《噼里啪啦玩具立体书》》. It is a set of six books filled with highly interactive elements: peek-a-boo pictures, lift-the-flaps, pull-outs and pop-ups. The size of these books are small and handy, perfect for little hands and best as travel entertainers. Of course he cannot vocalise 我要读噼里啪啦玩具立体书. We know he wanted us to read them together with him when he goes, “海豚海豚！”. It means Dolphin in Mandarin. He reads them so many times to a point that he can name every sea creature in the《《在大海里》》book – 海豚，安康鱼，热带鱼，鱿鱼，鲸鱼，螃蟹，海龟，章鱼 (dolphin, anglerfish, tropical fish, squid, crab, sea turtle and octopus). For a two year old, I must say I am very proud of his Mandarin achievement.
He opened the《《真好吃》》book but I couldn’t see what he was trying to do from my end except that he is enjoying something delicious. I moved to his side and saw a glass of orange juice. My Ewan boy was drinking orange juice from the pop-up straw and he said, “Yum Yum!” The juice was so sweet, he bit a part of the straw off. *hahhahah* I couldn’t contain my hearty laughter and he burst out with a cheeky chuckle thereafter.
After his little drinking affair with an imaginary glass of fresh fruit juice, he decided that Pizza could make a good lunch. He even offered me a slice which I thought was really sweet of him to do.
We always have fun reading 《《噼里啪啦玩具立体书》》and he often come up with new tricks to interact with the books. It is wonderful to see him grow and we definitely enjoy his little antics. Many times, he bewilders us with his imaginations and I credit them to the story-telling sessions we have at home. Daddy is a great story-teller and he tells bedtime stories with puppets in bed, teaching him precious lessons in life on what’s good and bad, what’s dangerous and safe. We are thankful he could relate to them and re-tell us the stories the next night. Not only did Ewan benefitted from these Mandarin reads. Daddy improved a lot as well and I am surprised he could sometimes finish a storybook in Mandarin with Ewan!
Steps to win the giveaway:
1) like A Million Little Echoes Facebook page
2) like Flip For Joy Facebook page
3) comment on this post why you would like this set of creative and interactive books
4) include your Facebook name and your email address in the comment
5) most innovative answer wins
**Now for the twist! Your comments must be written in Mandarin to promote the spirit of Mandarin to our children. We know you can do it!**
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