Mandarin Companion has published a collection of graded readings in different levels. The collection Breakthrough Level is limited to 150 characters and it is targeted to students who have been studying Chinese for a year approximately.
The key point of this series of books is to approach interesting readings with absorbing plots which allow readers into a "extensive" reading. In other words, readers must understand 98% of the words so that they can enjoy the book and at the same time the experience turns into a motivation to keep studying and they get good reading habits.
This type of readings allow students to observe vocabulary in different contexts , learn different meanings of the words, review grammatical structures etc.
Plot offered by the publishers
As a young boy is walking through the mountains in search of a gift for his mother’s birthday, he comes across an ancient looking home. An old lady beckons him inside and asks him to find “Hua Ma”. As he leaves, he finds himself inexplicably transported to the distant island of Hainan while the old lady and the house have disappeared. Unsure of who or what Hua Ma is, he sets out on a quest to find him, realizing this mysterious Hua Ma may be his only chance to find his way back home!The main characters of this story are:
- 南南(Nánnán) Nannan
- 妈妈(Nánnán Māma) Nannan’s Mom
- 老太太(Lǎo Tàitai) Old Woman
- 老头(Lǎotóu) Old Man
- 花马(Huā Mǎ) Hua Ma