This is an amazing amazing amazing set of books! So far there are 69 out (the date this post was written). I have collected all 69 because we just love love love this set!
Not only are the authors carefully picked for each set but the teaching ideas well set up for each book. Some books teach word play and some books teach idioms and others just teach about life. Many of the books in this set are very touching. They have subsets of books that have themes and I have reviewed a couple in the following videos:
The easiest set in this series is 好品格童話. It’s a series of 8 books by the famous 賴曉珍. That set has stories about how to control your temper to everything in the spectrum about how to be a better person. My kids really enjoyed that set and so did everyone I recommended it to. It’s also the easiest to read in all the sets of 故事奇想樹.
-The other books are a little harder (I suggest Taiwan grades 2 and up) and have word play and more idioms include:
This set is about some cute foxes and their silly stories and there are search and find idioms in each book and a glossary of the idioms in each book in the end. If you find them within the book, you can gather points. Something the kids like to dig for while reading and keeping score. Other than that, my kids giggled so hard when they went through this set!
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This set is about the world of cell phones and some word play on cell phones and chicken (手機跟鷄）。 You get sucked into the world of chickens / cell phones and understand their magical world and how they view us and how their world is like.
Ah, world of desserts! This set of 11 books (so far) is all about desserts. The author of this set and well as the next set likes to do word play. Use words of the same sound but different meaning to make jokes in the books. They use a lot of desserts that only kids in Asia would know so I suggest it for children who already know Asian culture or have visited Asia to read this to get all the jokes. Children in Taiwan are all over this set and that’s why there are 11 books in the series! However, you may miss some jokes in there if you don’t know the actual dessert. My kids read 2-3 books in this set and didn’t continue because they aren’t really into desserts coming alive? Every kid is different and some kids just can’t put it down!
By the same author as the dessert set, this time the author is playing with words for people’s name in these quirky stories. My kids liked this set as it was based on real people. Since it’s only 4 books, I don’t see it as a huge risk if you’d like to buy a set and try it out. Again, has some difficulty to it because it has a lot of word play.
One of my favorite authors of all time 哲也 wrote this series and it was out of print for a couple years until they finally brought it back last year so hurry up and buy it! LOL! This is one of the harder series in this Whimsical Trees set because it again has word play as well. My kids loved it so either way, I think it’s not a huge risk to try the set of 4!
One of my favorite ones of all time is the Yes Series which I have reviewed before in another post:
There are many other books and I’ve listed them all by their series numbers. Another one that I personally loved was 狐狸的金袋. It was so touching I even cried.
I sorted them by subsets of books and I hope that’s helpful to you. It’s hard to review EACH book as there are so many and it’s actually hard for me to pick my ultimate favorites because I find them all worthy of reading but my favorite author is 哲也 so I suggest buying all his sets up there (Yes! and 青蛙）. The other set I would strongly encourage you buying is the 好品格 (I have listed way above) set which is the set of 8 books that are the easiest to read and start with.