Our aim is to provide multilingual or non-native Chinese families with fun and engaging chinese books for children ages 0-7. Many new parents aspire for their little ones to know Chinese language and culture, but may find themselves in situations where this is challenging. For example, if one lives in a non-Chinese speaking environment or if the parents' own chinese skills are relatively limited. With Maomi books, we hope to make this easier by providing materials that parents with different levels of chinese skills can use and that the children will love.
Age 0 - 7 critical for neural development: There are significant benefits exposing kids to languages prior to age 7 when brains are at their highest levels of neuroplasticity. At this critical stage, unused synapses are being pruned away while used synapses are being reinforced as the brain seeks to become more efficient.
Encourage early childhood exposure to Chinese: Given this research, our aim is to make it easier for multilingual families to provide early childhood exposure to Chinese in a fun and engaging way. We hope that through exposure at this critical age, the neural pathways can develop in ways that are more favorable for continued learning moving forwards.
This has been my 2 year old's favourite bedtime story for months now - very unusual for a kid with a short attention span! She loves the funny actions, the illustrations, the rhythm and overall catchiness of the story. Looking forward to reading about the other kitties!
I gave this book to my friend's 3 year old daughter when they came over to visit my newborn twins. The finger puppet caught the little girl's attention right away and she simply loves reading the story with her new friend even until now!!! She wouldn't have it any other way!
My son and all his friends love this book. The very first time we read it together he caught onto the rhythm. Even though he's unable to read characters yet, he will try and recall the passages and sing them like lines from a song. Looking forward to the other color kitties."
Our son, Leon, was born in Hong Kong and received a red kitty book for present. He started to play with it and to look at the drawings when he was 1 year old. Since he loves turning the pages and enjoys the colorful cartoons.