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By Ferren Gipson
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About this project

The Story

With over 1 billion Mandarin language speakers in the world, it's no surprise that there's been an increase in the number of Chinese language learners. You probably know that it's best to start learning a language as young as possible, while a child is still developing language skills and building pathways in the brain. Somehow, even with growing demand, good bilingual Mandarin children's books are hard to find to help parents begin teaching Mandarin at home-- especially non-Chinese speaking parents.

In TingTing Goes to School, we follow TingTing as she goes about her day and learns the Mandarin words for colours along the way. The story element of the book is in English, with the colour vocabulary in Chinese pinyin and simplified characters. Through context, adults and children are able to clearly understand the meaning of the Chinese, learning in a gently immersive way. It is my hope that this will be the first in a series of books and tools to teach useful Chinese words.

Who is it for?

TingTing Goes to School is suitable from ages 0+, and introduces parents and children to the Mandarin language without the need for previous study. I would like to produce the book in board book form to allow babies and toddlers to handle the book as well. There will be a pronunciation guide in the book for parents, so it will not be necessary to have prior knowledge of the language. As a parent who speaks Chinese at an intermediate level, I've created this book as a way to bridge the gap between a challenging language and parents/teachers who want to encourage language learning in their little ones and don't have the understanding to read Chinese language books.

The Book

As of now, I've written the text and illustrated a few of the spreads. The text and illustrations are subject to further editing, but these examples and mock-up give a good idea of the final look. My aim is the print the story as a 12-page board book at around 6" x 6". I've received great feedback from publishing professionals, and I'm looking forward to bringing TingTing to life. 

 

 

  

You funding this project will help me bring TingTing to life! The funding goal goes towards:

  • Editing fees
  • Printing and sample costs
  • Shipping costs to get the books delivered to me after printing
  • Any tools/supplies/incidentals needed to finish the book

I hope to start shipping books by November 2017.

Please glance over to the rewards to find your perfect combination of books, a colouring page, the e-book, and more! Every little bit goes a long way.

 

£7000:  If we pass the campaign goal and reach £7,000, I will design a set of 50 beautifully packaged flashcards and donors at £65 or more will receive a set.

£10,000: It's good to set high goals, right?! It's my goal to make TingTing a series of books covering more vocabulary and scenarios. If we can stretch all the way to £10,000, donors at £65 or more will receive a copy of the second book when it's published.

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About the Author

Ferren holds a BA and MA in art history with a focus on Chinese art and history. She's has done marketing work within the arts and design sector for over 8 years, and it has been her pleasure to work with wonderful brands and institutions, as well as working directly with artists on numerous special projects and collaborations. TingTing was conceived out of the passion to introduce her son to his Chinese heritage on his grandmother's side through language.

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Risks and challenges

I want to make sure that the book reads well for all ages and is truly accessible for readers with no Chinese language background. After the campaign finishes, I'll be spending time completing the project and editing. There can be delays with publishing and printing, but I aim to communicate any delays as quickly as possible.

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    Thank you!

    You receive my sincerest thanks for supporting this project! I'll keep you posted on TingTing's development. (Psst... for just a little more you can get the e-book)

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    E-Book

    You will receive an electronic copy of the book, as well as updates on publishing and any new TingTing adventures. (For £5 more you can have and hold your very on printed copy.)

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    Printed Board Book

    Receive one copy of the first edition of the board book + downloadable TingTing colouring sheet.

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    Get Your Portrait

    I'll draw a digital picture of you in the style of the TingTing book for you to have and love. You also get a copy of the e-book.

    (Your character would not be included in the book)

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    Signed/Numbered Book (Early Birds)

    Receive a signed and numbered copy of the book, an electronic copy of the book, TingTing downloadable colouring sheet, and my love.

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    Signed Copy of the Book

    Receive a signed copy of the book, an electronic copy of the book, TingTing downloadable colouring sheet, and my undying appreciation.

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    3 Signed Copies

    3 signed copies of the book, an electronic copy of the book, a TingTing downloadable colouring sheet, a special thank you on the website, and the joy of doing a lovely thing today.

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    The Group Bundle

    10 signed copies of the book, a personal note, an electronic copy of the book, a TingTing downloadable colouring sheet, a special thank you on the website, and a limited run tote bag.

    This is a perfect option for teachers, nurseries, schools, or even a group of friends.

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    A Private Reading

    Available in Greater London only.

    Receive 10 signed copies of the book, an electronic copy of the book, a TingTing downloadable colouring sheet, a special thank you on the website, a limited run tote bag, and a reading of the book to your little one and a group of their friends.

    (This is also a great option for schools, nurseries, or a group of friends.)

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    Your Child Becomes a Character

    Receive a signed copy of the book with a personal note, an electronic copy of the book, a TingTing downloadable colouring sheet, a special thank you on the website, and a limited run tote bag. I will also draw your child as one of TingTing's friends in the book. Available for only one lucky backer.

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