Book Review: 漢聲精選 Han Sheng Collection

This 70 book collection is a BEAST. I was super excited to skim through everything and provide a quick overview. My favorite ones are the Human Body collection that I listed below because my kids are into stuff like looking at blood and eyes and veins. However, what I’ve found is that this company only does healthy positive stories. There aren’t stories where you can’t tell what they are trying to teach. I think I originally wanted this entire set for it’s educational value. They are picture books but they aren’t all easy picture books with just cute stories. They are actually done so that each book (if science focused) is dense but easily understood. As for the the pure storybooks, they consist of the “classics” written in the most charming manner. You just don’t find books like these anymore and I really love this set. It’s one of those sets I would pass down to my grandchildren!

I’ve split the collection into 6 categories:

  1. No Words – because I think you’d want to know which books actually only have pictures.
  2. No Zhuyin 注音 – these have all characters without zhuyin. Stories are mature and super meaningful.
  3. Science – Human Body – all ages but to read alone, 5-7+ (depends on the subject)
  4. Science – Nature, Other – all ages but to read alone 5-7+ (depends on the subject)
  5. Picture Books for Under 7 – these are story based
  6. Picture Books for 7-12 – these are story based mixed with science based

Please note: some colors may be off because the computer was trying to “color” enhance scans and some enhancements made some picture books brighter but for others, washed out the color.

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1. No Words:

The following video is a bit long only because my kids came in and wanted to look at the books with me. Sorry for the long video!

早安

晚安

小象旦旦

挪亞方舟

奇妙國

2. No 注音 Zhuyin, No Phonetic Guide

小豆筴往太平洋的長途旅行遊記

小連遊莫內花園

徵召地球保衛軍

 

3. Science – Human Body

我的小小急救手冊

鼻孔的故事

手和手指頭

血的故事

我們的頭腦

牙齒的故事

著涼

放屁

眼睛的故事

骨頭

 

大家來大便

Please not the colors on the following book is actually very clear and solid on the actual book but the scanner software washed out the colors on 大家來大便:

4. Science – Nature/Other

來看東西的剖面

奇妙的尾巴

螞蟻

蒲公英

貓咪! 你好!

院子裡的小生物

可以吃的植物

用被子做玩具

紙飛機

空罐子,真好玩

牛奶盒做玩具

工具

你的房屋我的房屋

豆子

游泳

小狗出生了

雨靴裡的麻雀

5. Picture Books for Under 7

恐龍和垃圾

野獸國

長頸鹿和霹靂龍

阿比的小狐狸

祖母的妙法

我最喜歡爺爺

佳佳的妹妹不見了

第一次上街買東西

好無聊喔!

我和小凱絕交了

阿吉的眼鏡

爸爸走丟了

 

方眼男孩

糟糕的一天

朱家故事

我是第一個

鰐魚放假了

再見,斑斑!

你看我有什麼!

禮貌

今天是什麼日子?

忙碌的週末

真的有聖誕老公公嗎?

Actual colors for the following book are a lot clearer.

6. Picture Books For Over 7 Years Old

I didn’t have time to make a video for this but I actually really really really love this section. If you look at the images below, you’ll see how much your child can learn and they put it in an interesting manner. Every book is super detailed with tons of information. I wouldn’t categorize this all as “picture books” per se but more a mix of information based knowledge books that are picture book style.

地球

宇宙

世界的一天 – I have to say that I really like the following book. Every spread give you 8 boxes of what people are doing in the day from “different” countries and the story continues on each page with the different countries. It shows diversity in culture and knowledge. This one is really just a classic and I would hunt this one down if I didn’t have it.

安安 – This one is a sad book about cancer. The thing is the ending is happy so the boy recovers but it shows all the hardships he went through. Not a book I’d just read “for fun” but for your mid to upper elementary kids, it’s a good way for them to show empathy for those that have sicknesses and what they’re going through.

顏色是怎麼來的?

你們說,這片草原美不美?- this one has a crazy good story to it. It starts with a piece of beautiful land. People live on it. They build and build and build until the land is not beautiful anymore because of all the buildings and pollution and then they end up moving away … and “restarting” on another beautiful land (thereby polluting another piece of beautiful green land… again. The cycle continues.

 

 

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