The series Graded
Readers for Chinese Language Learners is composed of 50 books, divided into
three subseries, namely folktales, literary stories and historical stories,
corresponding to Levels 1-3 respectively. The rich and fun content and
easy-to-understand language makes it easy for everyone, whether they are
foreigners learning Chinese, children with parents of Chinese origin, ethnic
minority students of the Chinese language, or even primary school students in
China, to read this series. It enables the readers to gradually improve their
Chinese reading skills and enhance their understanding of Chinese culture by
reading and enjoying stories.
The “Literary Stories” subseries is based on
the Four Great Classical Novels in ancient China. From each novel some epic
snippets are extracted and adapted into 4-6 books, each with 20-30 thousand
characters. Altogether there are 20 books in the subseries, six of which are
from Romance of the Three Kingdoms,
four from Water Margin, six from Journey to the West and four from Dream of the Red Chamber.
one of the Four Great Classical Novels, tells the story of 108 heroes at the
end of Northern Song Dynasty, Song Jiang as their head, who gathered together
and rose in rebellion and then were recruited by the government to fight
battles. There are four books in this series based on this novel, namely Driven to Join the Liangshan Rebels, The Corrupt Official’s Birthday Gift, Wu Song, and Song Jiang.
Wu Song tells the story of Wu Song being driven to join the Liangshan rebels. Wu Song
was born with extraordinary strength. He killed a tiger with bear hands and
became a military officer in Yanggu County. However, his brother was murdered
and the local government wouldn’t do him justice. To avenge his brother, Wu
Song killed the murderers Pan Jinlian and Ximen Qing and therefore was tattooed
on the face and banished to Mengzhou. Later in Mengzhou, Wu Song, being drunk,
beat Jiang Menshen out of justice. Then he was framed by Inspector Zhang, but
he escaped and killed his enemy. He went to Erlong Mountain and later joined
the Liangshan rebels.
Chen Xianchun is a professor at Beijing Language and Culture University who has
engaged in the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language since 1975, equipped
with rich Chinese teaching experience. Professor Chen has made profound
research into the teaching of Chinese reading and has published, in addition to
more than 20 academic papers, many monographs and textbooks such asTeaching Reading and
Psychology, Typical Characters and Events in Chinese Culture, A Primer on Modern Chinese Reading, An Intensive Chinese Course, and Read This Way.