熊,箱子,和男孩 (Xióng, Xiāngzi, hé Nánhái): The bilingual Chinese version is here!

Get the Chinese Bilingual Version here!  http://amzn.com/1503178382

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Well OK, maybe you’ll need at least a few basics before you delve right in.  So learn Chinese a little bit, and then use this book for practice and vocabulary.  Who knows, maybe you’ve got a knack for languages and will be translating court cases after you master the bear’s adventures.  Maybe you’re a Chinese immigrant or visitor who would like your children to retain their language skills.  Or maybe you think it’s fun to look at funny-looking scratch marks and read the pinyin.  Whatever your motivation, I hope you will enjoy the new Chinese-English bilingual edition of The Bear, the Box and the Boy, available now!

This edition features a short glossary/vocab list, and the English pronunciation (pinyin) beside the Chinese characters.

Thank you to Kasey in China for the wonderful translation, native-speaking editors and assistants, and incredible turn-around time!

Spanish and Russian bilingual editions are also in the works!

 

Skipping Ahead

Let’s skip ahead a little bit, shall we?

(go to: Bilingual editions * the princess book * my new novel)

November:

Want to yourself or your children to learn Spanish?  How about Russian?  Inglés‎? Английски?  Well good news for you:  The bilingual versions of The Bear, the Box and the Boy should be coming out sometime in November!


December:

Christmas and other various holidays are here!  The perfect time to buy a cute picture book with a heart-warming message.Only have a girl to buy for?  I hope to have you covered in time for Santa (or whoever) to deliver the goods, with my newest Children’s book! It’s already written, and it’s entitled, The Girl Who Knew She Was a Princess.   It’s about just that: a peasant girl who knew deep down that she was destined for greater.  She learns through her humorous journey that there is more to being a princess than jewels and dresses, and the story is an analogy for the fact that every girl is a true, beautiful princess.   Plus, it rhymes!!!  I’m extremely excited about this one, because it’s stinkin’ good, if I do say so myself.  But I may be a little overly optimistic when it comes to getting it done by mid-December.  It will take over 30 original works of watercolor art to fully illustrate, and each one has to meet the author’s strict standards.  We are each our own worst critic, right?  Anyway, I’m going to try.  If I don’t get it done by then, it will be done by April.Also done by April:

April, 2016:

Ok, the kids love the books, but what about you? You’re going to need something somewhat more substantial for yourself to read.  Well, I’m getting around to that too.  Full service.  For reals.

I am 65K+ words into my début novel.  It’s called Near-Life Experiences, and it’s even more amazing than its clever title.  Don’t steal it.  Not that you would. I’m just sayin’, I’m super excited about this as well.
I’ve had a hard time explaining it to people, because, like a lot of books, it sounds a lot more silly when you try to condense it into a few sentences.  Like if someone had never read Harry Potter, and you told them how amazing it was, and then tried to describe it.
        “So like, there’s this pre-teen orphan kid who like, is actually a wizard who can do magic, and he goes to school and learns how to do magic, and he has other friends, and they like, try to defeat the bad evil wizards together.”
        “Uh… yeah, awesome…”
So I finally forced myself to write the back-of-the-book blurb, which is supposed to be less than 150 words.  I got it down to exactly 150 words, and it was hard.  But here it is:

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Introducing: The Bear, the Box and the Boy

bb 1 cover better face smallerEnglish-Only and Bilingual versions available at:

Amazon:  ENGLISH  |  SPANISH  |  RUSSIAN  | CHINESE

Barnes and Nobel: ENGLISH  |  SPANISH  |  RUSSIAN  | CHINESE

Etsy (for signed copies): ENGLISH  |  SPANISH  |  RUSSIAN  | CHINESE

Lulu (hardcover, English only)

The bear and the boy played all day long until they fell asleep inside their box. When the bear woke up, the boy was gone. Follow the bear as he travels through the boy’s imagination in their magic box. In his search for the boy, the bear learns to follow his heart.

 The Bear, the Box and the Boy is version 627.5-E of the ever-evolving bedtime story I have been telling my son, from the age of about 2 years old to the present time.  He loves his bedtime stories, especially the ones where he gets to travel to far-off and adventuresome lands.  He has to have his stuffed animals, which he calls “friends,” come along, and snuggles with them when they all return to the bed safe and sound for the night.

Schools and Wholesalers: I offer discounts for bulk or educational orders. Email me, taryn@skipperbooks.com

Enjoy, and thank you for your interest in Skipper Books!
-Taryn Skipper