Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Curly Haired Company: Mandarin Companion Graded Readers Level 1 (Chinese Edition)
October 15th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Now you can read books in Chinese that are fun and accelerate your language learning. Every book in the Mandarin Companion series is carefully written to use characters, words, and grammar that a learner is likely to know. Level 1 is written using approximately 300 unique Chinese characters and intended for Chinese learners at an upper-elementary level. Most learners will be able to approach this book after one to two years of formal study, depending on the learner and program. This series is designed to combine simplicity of characters with an easy-to-understand storyline that helps beginners grow their vocabulary and language comprehension abilities. Mr. Xie was recently hired by the Curly Haired Company. For a significant weekly allowance, he was required to sit in an office and copy articles from a book, while in the meantime his assistant looked after his shop. He had answered an advertisement in the paper and although hundreds of people applied, he was the only one selected because of his very curly hair. When the company unexpectedly closes, Mr. Xie visits Gao Ming (Sherlock Holmes) with his strange story. Gao Ming is certain something is not right, but will he solve the mystery in time?

Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Mind Spark Press LLC (March 1, 2015)
  • Language: Chinese
  • ISBN-10: 1941875017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1941875018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great Series

11 people found this helpful.
 on March 4, 2014
By Collin Baffa
This is a great series of Mandarin readers!

I hope you publish even more books.

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 29, 2015
By Dave
This is the second Mandarin Companion book I've read. The first was their adaptation of "The Secret Garden". I'm finding it easier to read through Chinese books this level, because I'm also reading works from two other publishers. My only criticism of Mandarin Companion is the lack of audio to help me with the cadence and to check pronunciation, but I find the book interesting, engaging, and the colorful format makes it eye catching.

I've always loved Sherlock Holmes

One person found this helpful.
 on January 3, 2016
By Alek Cannan
I've always loved Sherlock Holmes. So to have this story as intermediate Chinese language practice, was really fun for me.

Fantastic Resource

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 25, 2014
By Amy
We purchased this for our 12-year-old son who has been studying Mandarin for about 6 months. He loved it. So much better than traditional graded readers which he finds a little boring. It's often difficult to find materials that are age appropriate but at the same time, language level appropriate -- not to mention truly entertaining and fun. This title (and the entire series) definitely hits the mark - a great resource for hanzi and developing reading fluency . We can tell our son loved it because he's already asked us to purchase two additional titles from the series (the Washington Irving & H.G. Wells books) for him to read next. For lower intermediate, Mandarin level learners and above -- of any age - (and of course, or fans of Sherlock :), we could not recommend this series more highly.

Read Your First Book in Chinese with Mandarin Companion!

 on November 21, 2016
By Tanner J Huss
This was my first exposure to a graded reader in Chinese. I have learned Chinese for about 2 years while living in China and recently returned to the US. I was looking for a way to bolster my Chinese and am glad I came across these wonderful resources. I was familiar with John Pasden's work through Sinosplice and ChinesePod, and in this series he has delivered more high quality resources that I have come to expect from him. I was blown away with how much intrigue the authors could pack into such limited vocabulary. I read the book over a weekend. If you are wondering if you have enough vocabulary to read this book, check out the free sample. For reference, I have passed HSK 3 but am only just beginning to study for HSK 4, and only a few words not in the glossary were outside my vocabulary. Thank you to everyone involved in this project. Keep up the good work!

Great Book to Start Reading Chinese With!

 on November 9, 2016
By Heather Agun
This was the first Mandarin Companion book I read, and I really enjoyed it. I've been studying Chinese on and off for about 1 to 2 years, so have an early elementary level. Starting out this book was pretty hard as I had to look up words I hadn't learned or had forgotten, but by the end I was reading at a much faster pace and could tell my Chinese was really improving. I love reading, and this was a fun book, so it kept me a lot more entertained and interested than the standard textbook would. If you like reading and are learning Chinese, or even just learning Chinese and are tired of textbooks, I absolutely recommend this series. Also, the company's website has a link to a wiki that breaks down sentence patterns and word uses chapter by chapter, so that's pretty helpful as well!

Great story

5 people found this helpful.
 on March 4, 2014
By G23
I really liked the fact that this book kept me excited the entire time to keep reading. Whenever I read in Chinese I get bored after several minutes because it's sometimes annoying to look up characters while reading, but this book is super exciting and with basic characters so I am learning characters while enjoying the book. Overall I would highly recommend this book to someone who is learning Chinese characters and wants to learn them In a fun and efficient way.

Nice story, well told

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 11, 2014
By Amazon Customer
I read this book to evaluate it for use with my Chinese classes and am planning to use it next school year. I liked that it took a familiar (to me!) story and re-told it in a Chinese context. 1930's Shanghai was a nice pick, and the story makes several references to major landmarks still well-known today. From the perspective of a teacher, the book provides a good opportunity to talk about and compare historical and modern Shanghai. The plot also involves giving directions, which would provide a natural spin-off to make sure students are able to ask and follow directions. I found the story and characters interesting and wanted to read it to the end for that reason, not merely because I wanted to review it for my class. The illustrations were nicely done, too.

Great way to start reading

One person found this helpful.
 on September 7, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This book is perfect for elementary to intermediate learners. I like the adaptation format as most readers will have some familiarity with the stories, and it helps one to know where the story is supposed to be going. Vocabulary is footnoted for words that are colloquial or might not be in standard HSK elementary levels. I will be moving on to a few more of the stories in the first level and then on to level 2.

Easy to read for beginners

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 23, 2014
By Alex
Easy to read even for beginners, interesting, better than any of the texts in textbooks. The level of Chinese is not intimidating, I am not overwhelmed with too many new characters. In addition with All Set Learning Chinese Wiki Grammar page for the book it gives me new words and grammar patterns, not to mention pleasure from reading my first book in Chinese. So I highly recommend it for every Chinese learner. I also recommend using this book not with Kindle device but with Kindle app on a smartphone or tablet cause there is a Chinese dictionary available this way and that makes reading even more easy and comfortable.

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