A Musical Journey. A great gift that Grace got for Christmas, this is a illustrated book that takes you to the various areas in China and let’s you hear the music. Beautiful and the original folks songs are great.
By the way the author has some great recommendations for learning what I’d call practical Chinese. The 2-3,000 words that folks use everyday. His two recommendations are:
* Rosetta Stone “Chinese”:http://www2.rosettastone.com/en/individuals/languages/chinese. You have probably seen them in airports. It is expensive, but sure is fun to do. THey are interactive computer programs mainly. It is $195 for the first course
* Learn Chinese Now! by Transparent Language is a simpler version that is an immersion course.