SUMMERTIME RAINBOW: A Mandarin Chinese-English Bilingual Book of Colors
Author: Belle Yang
Illustrator: Belle Yang
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2012
Rights Retained: Film/Dramatic, TV/radio
In English and Mandarin Chinese, Belle Yang’s bilingual board books celebrate the natural world with simple concepts and beautiful, bold illustrations. Look for an explanation of tonal marks at the end of the story, along with pinyin translation of the Chinese characters.
Three pudgy gouache rabbits explore the colorful marvels of spring in this bilingual book with words in English and Mandarin Chinese characters. Loosely outlined in black, the rabbits have a simple elegance that echoes the mood of quiet observation. The rabbits see “flowers like yellow stars,” mistake a purple butterfly for a flower, and spot a rainbow: “Ah! A spray of blossoms in the sky.” Endnotes provide pinyin pronunciations for the story and an explanation of Chinese tonal marks.