英文故主講：由「空中英語教室」戲劇經驗豐富的教師Hazel Johansen和主講老師Vickie Pettis擔任。
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Readers who care about children's literature may have already noticed some new books—the "Little Builders" series—produced and promoted by Dr. Doris Brougham and Studio Classroom. There are already six sets on the market, and each one includes a storybook and a multimedia CD.
Take a look below. You may think that since the book is produced by Studio Classroom, a leader in English education in Taiwan, it is primarily English-teaching material. However, parents who take a closer look will realize that "Little Builders" is actually a series of character-building stories, songs and activities written specifically for Chinese audiences.
A Diverse Creation:
Beyond the fact that it is very true to real life, "Little Builders" is unique because the book, audio CD and multimedia CD are all bilingual in English and Chinese. It makes use of a variety of channels to promote children's interest in learning. Every story has an original theme song and the simple, catchy tune subtly reinforces the character-building message. The author of each of the six volumes has his or her own special way of using words and pictures to capture children's imaginations and lead them into life lessons. After the story, little ones can enjoy the game, activity or craft we have designed for them to enjoy with their parents or classmates. We believe the activities will allow them to more fully experience the meaning of the story.
The Production Lineup:
Meet the first-rate team of people who worked together to create "Little Builders."
Chinese Authors: Joyce Yang has won several Golden Bell awards for best program planning. Jasmine Lin has applied her special heart for children to her writing.
Illustrators: May Hwang has a PhD in art from California State University, Los Angeles and she gave her first book, God's Precious One, to the "Little Builders" series. The other five illustrators, Bo-ting Lin, Arnold Li, He-yuan Chuang, Chong-guang Cheng and Chi-jun Liu, are all distinguished illustrators and cartoonists in their own right. Each one has brought his or her unique personality and gifts to play in creating the visual world of the stories.
Chinese Narrator: Auntie Helena Chiang, who produced the 42 volume Children's Bedtime Stories series, reads the stories in Chinese. Her delightful imagination comes through in the variety of voices and music she uses in her narrations. English Narrators: Veteran Studio Classroom teachers and performers Hazel Johansen and Vicki Pettis read the stories in English.
Theme-song Lyrics: Linda Yeh, winner of a Golden Melody Award for best pop lyric, wrote all of the lyrics.
Theme-song Music: Music for the songs was written by members of the internationally known, award winning Heavenly Melody Singers: Esther Liao, May Wang, Johnny Wen and Solomon Lin.
Music and Audio Production: Angus Hsiao, has a special gift for production and already has a rich range of experience though he is still quite young. Working on children's music was a new experience for Angus, but his contribution adds another level of listening enjoyment to each story.
Dr. Doris Brougham's Heart:
Doris tells parents, "Take at least 10 minutes every day to read to your children and teach them what is important in life." She realizes that especially for working parents there are many obstacles and temptations that keep them from spending time with their children. That is why she supports the production and promotion of this new series of books.