Mandy and Pandy http://www.mandyandpandy.com Chinese for Kids with Mandy and Pandy Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:42:11 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.1 The Latest Rave from A Happy Mandy and Pandy Fan http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/07/the-latest-rave-from-a-happy-mandy-and-pandy-fan/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/07/the-latest-rave-from-a-happy-mandy-and-pandy-fan/#comments Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:53:40 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=516 It really makes us happy to hear from happy and satisfied readers how the Mandy and Pandy series has helped them learn Chinese and having fun at the same time. Here’s one of these reviews.

Ni hao! We would like to thank you for taking so much of your personal time to read from your wonderful book to our children at Kim’s Chinese Restaurant. Our daughter, Anna, enjoyed them very much and we often read from her book, “Mandy and Pandy Visit China“. We play the CD in the car while she follows along with the pictures. You can see from her smile in the photo how much she likes the book. She truly enjoys learning from your great stories and telling people about the new Chinesewords she has picked up. She can’t wait until we get the next book.

Please keep up the great work and we are looking forward to more in the series, and hope to see you again at Kim’s.

Warmest regards,

Mark, Kathy and Anna Bochenek

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Let’s Hear it for the Mandy and Pandy Books! http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/05/lets-hear-it-for-the-mandy-and-pandy-books/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/05/lets-hear-it-for-the-mandy-and-pandy-books/#comments Thu, 27 May 2010 07:48:05 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=478 What Our Friends and Close Customers Say About the Mandy and Pandy Series…

We are truly having fun making a difference in the world through our Mandy and Pandy books. In fact, we are even encouraged to create and contribute more to the harmony of the distinct cultures of the east and the west when we hear parents and teachers alike raving about how the Mandy and Pandy series have helped their kids learn the Chinese language.

Today, we would like to highlight encouraging messages from two of our dear friends. So let’s hear it for the Mandy and Pandy book series!

The first one is from a Chinese Dance and Language Teacher from New York Chinese Cultural Center:

We were fortunate enough to have Chris Lin read to my School of the Arts language class at the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Although my students are immediate Chinese speakers from 13 to 15 years, they enjoyed Mr. Lin’s reading and learned fun and useful phases from the Mandy and Pandy books. I was delighted to hear Mr. Lin emphasize the importance of learning the Chinese language to lessen the cultural divide and build a bridge of peace and understanding.

Jie Yang
Chinese Dance and Language Teacher
School of the Arts
New York Chinese Cultural Center

The next one is from a mother of two cute little girls, Mia aged 3 1/2 and Liza who is 1 year old:

We are a Jewish, American/Canadian family living in NYC. We moved to Hong Kong right after our wedding and know the importance of having familiarity of the Chinese language and certainly with Chinese culture. We want our girls to have a foundation of Chinese in case they have an opportunity to live or work in Asia in the future!

We are always delighted to hear how the Mandy and Pandy series have touched the lives of countless individuals. We find ourselves blessed to have your kind support. Thank you and kudos!

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Preschool Director Says Mandy and Pandy Series is Fantastic! http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/05/preschool-director-says-mandy-and-pandy-series-is-fantastic/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/05/preschool-director-says-mandy-and-pandy-series-is-fantastic/#comments Sat, 22 May 2010 03:29:49 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=467 We here at Mandy and Pandy are definitely a little biased when it comes to our own books.  We love them…but you know what we love even more?  When we hear how much other people love them!

Today’s feedback comes from Jennifer Yu, Programs Director of Woodside Preschool, former teacher, and who has a masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

The Mandy and Pandy book series is fantastic. My daughter and I love the books. The cute characters make learning so enjoyable for my daughter. In addition, the fact that she can pop a disc into her CD player and listen to the stories by herself also make learning easier. I love the books and CDs because not only is it teaching my daughter Chinese, they make it easy for me, as a non-Chinese speaker, to learn too!

Thanks to you, my daughter is learning so much from the books and CDs.

Regards,

Jen

It’s a great to hear how we are not only helping children learn Chinese, but also helping parents learn at the same time!  Thank you for your support Jennifer!  With respect with you and your daughter’s Chinese learning…Ja You!

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The Unforgettable Trip to China http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/05/the-unforgettable-trip-to-china/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/05/the-unforgettable-trip-to-china/#comments Mon, 10 May 2010 18:19:19 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=450 Chris Lin has once again touched the lives of another group of children with his Mandy and Pandy series, this time, kids from the 4th largest city of China, Shen Yang. Shen Yang is an industrial city with more than 10,000,000 people and growing.

It is also home to a number of expatriate companies like Intel and Good Year. The kids of executives and officers from such companies attend the Dalian International School. There are 100 kids at this school and over 100 more schools scattered in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

It was in this school on a fateful Saturday night that Chris Lin met a number of kids who enthusiastically received Mandy and Pandy books. They were also joined by Pandy and together they explored the wonderful pages of Mandy and Pandy Visit the Zoo. Pre-school teacher Audrey’s son loved the book!

Mandy and Pandy in China Chris Lin with Kids I Love Mandy and Pandy! Chris Lin and Execs Chris Lin with Execs

Chris Lin not only visited the school and met its CEO, Lisa Liang, but he also met up with a few other key people. One of these is Mr. Zhang who is the owner of a few nursery schools that has over 1200 kids. He also met with North Media, the largest private media company in China who are also investor in CCTV/Porchlight project Snap! Let’s Go!. Finally, he also had the pleasure of meeting with Rose Dai Li Mei, the Director of Shenyang Financial District and Trade and Development Zone.

All in all, his visit to China was one fruitful and exhilarating trip that he would surely remember. And so would the kids!

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Happy Mothers Day http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/05/happy-mothers-day/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/05/happy-mothers-day/#comments Sun, 09 May 2010 07:01:13 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=445

Mandy and Pandy would like to wish all the mothers around the world a Happy Mothers Day!

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Chris Lin: Why learn Chinese? http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/05/chris-lin-why-learn-chinese/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/05/chris-lin-why-learn-chinese/#comments Mon, 03 May 2010 14:57:24 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=433 Chris Lin speaks of the importance of learning Chinese, not only for those with Chinese descent, but for anyone who wishes to make it in the modern world. It is a well known fact that China is fast becoming a superpower and it would be a definite advantage to learn their language and be conversant in it.

In truth, it would be easier to gain somebody’s trust if one can communicate using the other person’s language. Chris Lin put it this way, “The key to developing trust and building bridges is through communication, and the key to communicating effectively is to understand each other’s languages.”

More about this article: Why learn Chinese?

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Metro Moms: Let Mandy and Pandy Take You to the Wonderful Country of China http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/metro-moms-let-mandy-and-pandy-take-you-to-the-wonderful-country-of-china/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/metro-moms-let-mandy-and-pandy-take-you-to-the-wonderful-country-of-china/#comments Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:00:22 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=288 http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/metro-moms-let-mandy-and-pandy-take-you-to-the-wonderful-country-of-china/feed/ 0 Yao Ming Teaches Kids Chinese with Mandy and Pandy http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/yao-ming-teaches-kids-chinese-with-mandy-and-pandy/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/yao-ming-teaches-kids-chinese-with-mandy-and-pandy/#comments Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:00:38 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=420 Not only is Yao Ming a big name in basketball (as well as in general just big!), but he also has a big heart!  As part of the NBA’s “Read to Achieve” program–a year round campaign dedicated to help promote life-long reading habits in young children–Yao Ming took time out of his busy schedule to read Mandy and Pandy Play Sports to a group of elementary school students in Houston, Texas.  What’s great is not only is he encouraging young people to read more, but at the same time he’s sharing and teaching Chinese language to them as well.

Here are some pictures from the event:

The actual copy of Mandy and Pandy that Yao Ming touched

Yao intently reading out loud Mandy and Pandy

Yao Ming reading together with a student

The kids all wanted a group photo the towering Yao Ming

Thanks to Hai and the Read to Achieve Program that made this all possible!

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Mama Sparkles Celebrates the Chinese New Year with Mandy and Pandy http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/mama-sparkles-celebrates-the-chinese-new-year-with-mandy-and-pandy/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/mama-sparkles-celebrates-the-chinese-new-year-with-mandy-and-pandy/#comments Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:00:49 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=293 The Chinese New Year is not just a celebration with a feast but is also full of traditions. Chinese Moms and Dads are eager to share and pass down these traditions to their own children. Mama Sparkles speaks of celebrating and commemorating such traditions with her son as well as enjoy the two new books from the Mandy and Pandy Series.

Mama Sparkles

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Toy Book: The Mandy and Pandy Series, Thoughtful and Intelligent http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/toy-book-the-mandy-and-pandy-series-thoughtful-and-intelligent/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/toy-book-the-mandy-and-pandy-series-thoughtful-and-intelligent/#comments Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:00:07 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=291 The Toy Book showcases Mandy and Pandy’s success in teaching Chinese to youngsters of all nationalities. The Book Series provides the English phonetic pronunciation and the Chinese characters that is accompanied with a CD so kids can hear the language from a native Chinese speaker. Toy Book describes the duo’s adventures as fun and relatable where the selection of themes and words to learn is thoughtful and intelligent.

Toy Book Review

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KTC: Just in Time for the Chinese New Year http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/ktc-just-in-time-for-the-chinese-new-year/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/ktc-just-in-time-for-the-chinese-new-year/#comments Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:00:23 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=286 The Chinese New Year celebration welcomes the Year of the Tiger. One of the means to celebrate this joyous occasion is by giving gifts. One of the meaningful gifts Chinese-American children may receive is the Mandy and Pandy Series. The series not only teaches the kids and interested adults the Chinese language but also brings them to exciting adventures led by Mandy and her sweet friend Panda named Pandy.

Kids’ Turn Central

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What’s Hot for Creative Play Retailer? The Mandy and Pandy Series! http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/whats-hot-for-creative-play-retailer-the-mandy-and-pandy-series/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/whats-hot-for-creative-play-retailer-the-mandy-and-pandy-series/#comments Mon, 26 Apr 2010 15:00:38 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=284 The Mandy and Pandy Series’ simplicity and ingenuity has landed itself on Creative Play Retailer What’s Hot page for the month of February 2010. Featured books were Mandy and Pandy Visit the Zoo and Mandy and Pandy Play “What colors do you see?”.

Creative Play Retailer What’s Hot

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Chris Lin Visits OCDF http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/chris-lin-visits-ocdf/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/chris-lin-visits-ocdf/#comments Sun, 25 Apr 2010 16:38:00 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=412 Mandy and Pandy author, Chris Lin visited OCDF with his daughter’s beloved friend, Pandy. Together, they met the kids who were enrolled in OCDF’s program and had fun spending time with each other and chatting about China and their experiences.

OCDF, which stands for Our Chinese Daughters Foundation, Inc., is nonprofit organization committed to supporting families who have adopted children from China. They have various programs being offered all year long. These include culture and tour programs as well as orphan support programs. They even help you adopt a Chinese orphan.

More about Chris Lin’s visit to OCDF on page 18-19.

OCDF Summer Fall

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Mandy and Pandy Featured in April 2010 Children’s Book Watch http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/mandy-and-pandy-featured-in-april-2010-children%e2%80%99s-book-watch/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/mandy-and-pandy-featured-in-april-2010-children%e2%80%99s-book-watch/#comments Sun, 25 Apr 2010 16:08:22 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=407 Midwest Book Review features the Mandy and Pandy series in their Children’s Book Watch for April 2010. Editor-in-Chief, James A. Cox, writes:

“Mandy and Pandy Visit the Zoo: man di he pan di can guan dong wu yuan” is a bilingual children’s book and CD that teaches Chinese. Thick cardboard pages with colorful illustrations show names of zoo animals and sentences in English and Chinese with phonetic pronunciations spelled in English underneath the Chinese characters. “Mandy and Pandy visit the Zoo” is the latest in a child’s series that teaches Chinese to English speaking children. The enclosed CD provides audio examples of Chinese pronunciation and articulation to make learning Chines even more fun. “Mandy and Pandy visit the Zoo” is a fun way to learn a new language and meet new friends. The Mandy and Pandy books are for all ages.

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ABC 7 News Features Mandy and Pandy Author, Chris Lin http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/abc-7-news-features-mandy-and-pandy-author-chris-lin/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/abc-7-news-features-mandy-and-pandy-author-chris-lin/#comments Sun, 25 Apr 2010 16:01:42 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=402 The sensation Mandy and Pandy series created has cascaded to national television. In the interview, Chris Lin shares his reason for starting the series. He wanted to preserve the heritage of his adopted Chinese daughter by teaching her Chinese but there were no books that catered to his and his daughter’s needs. This led him to create his own set of instructional materials, the Mandy and Pandy series.

You can watch the full video below:

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Busy Mommy Media’s Toy Fair Highlights http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/busy-mommy-medias-toy-fair-highlights/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/busy-mommy-medias-toy-fair-highlights/#comments Sun, 25 Apr 2010 15:00:00 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=280 Busy Mommy praises Mandy and Pandy for offering a resource for kids to learn the Chinese language. According to Busy Mommy, the Mandy and Pandy Series not only teaches a foreign language but also gives kids a thrilling adventure that they can listen to and go along with using the adorable illustrations the books provide.

Busy Mommy Media Highlights

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Chris Lin Rocks Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Redwood City http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/chris-lin-rocks-barnes-and-noble-booksellers-in-redwood-city/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/chris-lin-rocks-barnes-and-noble-booksellers-in-redwood-city/#comments Sun, 25 Apr 2010 14:59:00 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=385

Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Redwood City warmly welcomed Mandy and Pandy series author Chris Lin for their event A Special Storytime last April 6, 2010. He enjoyed spending time with the kids and their parents. He shared some simple Chinese words and talked about his experience in writing the books. It must have been such a fun and learning experience for everyone there since most of the sets of book titles that were ordered for the event were sold out!

Courtney Ward, the Merchandise Manager for Barnes and Noble Booksellers, happily exclaimed, “It was our pleasure to have Chris Lin. The customers certainly enjoyed Chris as well as most of the titles I ordered for the event sold! What a great response! Again, we enjoyed having Chris at our store and he is always welcome to come back.”


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Mandy and Pandy Participates in the International Toy Fair http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/mandy-and-pandy-participates-in-the-international-toy-fair/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/mandy-and-pandy-participates-in-the-international-toy-fair/#comments Sat, 24 Apr 2010 15:00:57 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=274 Mandy and Pandy enthusiastically joined the 107th International Toy Fair that was held in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center last February 14-17. The fair proudly showcased lots of toys in different sizes, colors and designs. This exciting event was sponsored by the Toy Industry Association (TIA).

Baby and Kids Toy Fair

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Babble, Delighted with Mandy and Pandy Series http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/babble-delighted-with-mandy-and-pandy-series/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/babble-delighted-with-mandy-and-pandy-series/#comments Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:00:12 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=262 Babble, an online resource and community for new parents, has happily delved into the Mandy and Pandy series. They were truly delighted with the Chinese characters that are found in the book. The books and the audio CDs do not only help kids learn to speak Chinese, but also gives them the opportunity to learn how to write it.

Babble Review

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Mandy and Pandy Snags the iParenting Media Award http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/mandy-and-pandy-snags-the-iparenting-media-award/ http://www.mandyandpandy.com/2010/04/mandy-and-pandy-snags-the-iparenting-media-award/#comments Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:00:43 +0000 Ben http://www.mandyandpandy.com/?p=331 iParenting Media bestows Chris Lin’s Mandy and Pandy series the iParenting Media Award for the most outstanding product in the category of educational books for children. It is also being nominated for several upcoming book awards. The iParenting Media award is considered one of the most prestigious awards of products for families.

090420 Press Release New York City

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