A Day of Chinese Elementary Students 中国の小学生の一日


This book dedicates to show the elementary school students a typical day at a Chinese elementary school.


Text by: Qiyi Qian (キイ)

Qiyi is currently a junior at Smith College. She is a neuroscience major, chemistry minor. In her spare time, she likes to read, write, and cook Chinese food.


This book was written for Japanese III and published in May 2019.

Tadoku Level: 1

Three key words from the book:

 [SDG; Japanese; China]

Plot Summary:

This book focuses on SDG’s 4th agenda: High Quality Educations for Everyone. This book dedicates to show the elementary school students a typical day at a Chinese elementary school. Chinese educational system has put special emphasis on student’s health, so this book serves as an example of how high quality education balances student’s life by allocating time not only to studying but also to activities that keep the students healthy.

Which SDGs this book can be referred to?

This tadoku book is intended for young Japanese language learners to improve their reading ability. This book also explores the following SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals):

  • Goal #4 – Quality Education


The following is a Q+A about the process of creating this Tadoku book.

1. Why did you create the story?  

I think the students at PS147 will benefit by seeing other ways of education so their world can be opened up a little bit.


2. How does the story address SDG #4 (quality of education)?

This story introduced a different country’s high quality education with emphasis on student’s health.

3. How did interviewing possible readers influence the design process?

I realized that they know very little about other country’s customs.

4. How did receiving written feedback from possible readers influence the design process? 

I get to simplify my version more.

5. What challenges did you encounter when adapting your story?

 Trying to simplify the versions for elementary students.

6. What was most frustrating about the process?  Most rewarding?

Sometimes the information is hard to simplify. But it’s nice to have the book finished.

7. What did you find helpful to get you through it?  

What were your solutions to the challenges you identify #6 and why? The instructor helped me a lot by simplifying the content.

8. Where did you apply the most creativity in your book?

Most of the content came from my life experience, I apply some creativity into the format of the story.

9. What advice do you have for students who are interested in creating Tadoku books for young learners?

Write a simple story with simple sentences.

10. How was your overall experience?  (Please provide thoughts and takeaway on the project.)

I think it’s a little too difficult trying to apply SDG’s goals into a elementary 0 level book.

11. What makes your book unique from a book written by native Japanese speakers and why?

Because this book is about Chinese elementary school and from my personal experience.

Full Version

The college level, Tadoku level 3