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These are competitor newspapers. Mandarin Daily News Book Review: 國語日報周刊 Mandarin Daily News (小一 ~小三) came out first (I believe) and is like a standard the others first based themselves off of. However, with the coming of 國語周刊 MWM Book Review: 國語周刊 (基礎版, 小學版), 國語月刊 (成長版), Chinese Weekly Newspaper for Kids (MWM), I think a lot of the market has gravitated towards MWM.
- It has a reading pen. It gives children a “break time” and less stress when facing a “newspaper” for the first time in the first grade.
- Word print is bigger.
- It’s written in a more relaxed language where the child can connect and relate better. Yes, it’s easier to read for the first grader.
- The activities have designated boxes to write in with big word spaces so they can do the activities.
- In general, topics are more fun and silly and I love the dear editor section of the higher elementary paper where they ask a bunch of informal questions like a Dear Abby column.
In comparing the two, they both have great topics. However, I find my kids gravitating towards MWM so much more because it’s a fun read. They don’t always use the reading pen but whether they use it or not, it was a non issue when it came time to picking out something to read. They’re always self driven to pick MWM up and read and have a good time as with I feel like I have to “encourage” them to pick up Mandarin Daily News.
In general Mandarin Daily News is something parents would LOVE THEIR KIDS TO LOVE. Truth is, it’s great for practice but it really reminds them of the course like work they do in school so it won’t be as much as a draw. MWM combines some serious stuff along with some gossip like features that we, even as adults, love to read in magazines. Though they came later, MWM I find nicely captures children’s attention. It’s not as formal in language but for parents in the states, I am just glad it’s something I don’t need to push on them to read. As long as they’re reading daily … I’M HAPPY!
Mandarin daily news: https://www.mdnkids.com/weekly/small/20190114-20190120.html