Mandarin Companion creates books you can read! This series offers Chinese learners enjoyable and interesting reading materials to accelerate language learning. Each book uses characters, words, and grammar that a learner is most likely to know at each level based on in-depth analysis of textbooks, education programs, and natural Chinese language. Every story is written in a style that is easy for a learner to understand and enjoyable to read.
Level 1 is intended for Chinese learners who have obtained a middle-elementary level of Chinese. Most students will be able to approach this book after one to two years of traditional formal study. This story is written using approximately 300 characters and contains approximately 400 elementary words.
Mr. and Mrs. Zhang live with their grown son, Guisheng, who works at a factory. One day Mr. Qian, an old friend of Mr. Zhang, comes to visit the family after having spent years traveling in the mysterious hills of Yunnan. Mr. Qian tells the Zhang family of a monkey's paw he was given that has magical powers to grant three wishes to the holder. Against his better judgment, Mr. Qian gives the monkey paw to the Zhang family with a warning that the wishes come with a great price for trying to change one's fate...