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Pandarella tells the almost-but-not-quite familiar tale of the down-and-out girl who dreams of going to the big party and impressing the man of her dreams.


  • First-year Chinese reader
  • 114 unique characters
  • 94 pages of text ( = 47 for the story, in two versions)
  • contains a glossary Chinese-English

Information for teachers

Written in simple Chinese, the book is suitable for learners in the first year, and focuses on repetition of the most frequent words and characters in the language. The entire story contains just 114 unique words (with “he” and “his” considered to be two words, for example) and runs over 700 words in length. Each page is illustrated, and the text is in full color, with spaces between words, to assist emergent readers of Chinese. A full glossary is included at the end of the story to ensure that the text is comprehensible to all readers.

Find out more about teaching Chinese through novels and comprehensible input at Terry Waltz's blog and Ignite Language.

Would you like to order a set of 20 of more copies* for your class? We will give you a 10% discount (for 20 or more copies of the same title). Please, order the novels via e-mail. Due to relatively small stock numbers, please allow 2-3 weeks for your order.

*All books and novels are copyright protected, which means that copying this book for use in your classroom is not permitted.

Author: Terry Waltz
Year of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 54 (plus glossary)
ISBN: 978-0615838731
Illustrated: by the author
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