1, 2, 3, Go! by Huy Voun Lee

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A colorful, playful counting book that introduces young children to Chinese characters and action words.

One little girl catches a butterfly. Two small swimmers stomp in puddles. Three young musicians bang their drums. The children in this action-packed counting book jump, dance, and run through the numbers from one to ten. 1, 2, 3, Go! is an exciting introduction to the simplest and most logical of the beautiful picture-words that are used in written Chinese.

Bright colors and bold shapes make the logic behind the picture-words clear. Readers learn that the characters for words such as "push" and "carry," which are actions that involve the use of hands, include the basic character for "hand." And the picture words for actions done with the feet, such as kicking and dancing, all include the basic character for "foot."

In her delicate cut-paper artwork Huy Voun Lee, the author and illustrator of three other highly-acclaimed books on Chinese character writing, has captured all the joy and energy of children at play.

About Huy Voun Lee

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Huy Voun Lee was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and moved to the United States in 1975. She has written and illustrated three other books on Chinese character writing: At the Beach, In the Snow, and In the Park. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Ms. Lee lives in New York City.
Published January 15, 2001 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For older children, the introductory pages offer a Mandarin Chinese pronunciation guide and some fascinating etymology: for example, Lee explains that the written Chinese for the words ""kick,"" ""run"" and ""jump"" are all based on the basic character for ""foot."" Youngsters will love finding t...

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