Xiao Ming and his mother walk through the winter forest where she teaches him Chinese characters by drawing them in the snow with a stick.
Detailed cut-paper collages show Xiao Ming and his mother as they walk through the winter forest. The fresh snow is ideal for showing Chinese characters drawn with a stick and his mother teaches Xiao Ming the meaning of each one she writes using common-sense connections. The ten pictographs featured include tree, forest, pond, rest, rain, snow, sun, moon, sparkling, and bright.
The glossary is an excellent resource; it includes a cut-paper picture, the character, its meaning in English, a transcription in Mandarin Chinese, and "approximations" of pronunciation.