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Title: 小故事大道理 – 童話故事
Translated title: The Little Stories – Folk Tales
Language: Chinese
Year: 2005

This is the fourth book I read in this series, and, fortunately, it’s also the last one. I’m not sure if the steadily declining grades for these books are a result of my standards growing more exacting or if I just happened to read the best book first. The point here, though, is that this book isn’t worth very much. The stories are either already familiar to me (because they are very common in the West, such as the King Midas story) or utterly boring and pointless. It’s still worth something for language practice (the style and language is almost identical to the other volumes, but there are still plenty of characters I don’t know, but not enough to actually make it difficult to understand). The problem with books such as 小故事大道理 – 成語故事 is that apart from the language, there is simply nothing that attracts my attention. The subject matter of at least two other books dealt with phenomena or stories related to China or the Chinese language, but here, only a few stories are genuinely interesting.

I think I need to start reading books for slightly older readers. Right now, I’m reading a book presenting various famous soldiers and strategists throughout Chinese history, and it does look promising.

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