Article Title

Norman, Speak!


Outstanding, Caroline Adderson, Qin Leng, Preschool, Primary, Intermediate, Chinese, Dog, Language, Second Language

Document Type

Book Review


A young boy’s parents take him to the animal shelter to pick out a pet dog. Norman, a brown-and-white dog with a stumpy tail, joins their family. They take him home and try to teach him to sit, come, and speak. However, Norman does not seem to understand anything they say to him. Deciding that Norman must not be very smart, they love him anyway. One day, while at the park, a man calls to his dog in Chinese and Norman follows. Now that they know Norman speaks Chinese, the young boy and his parents decide to take Chinese classes so that Norman can understand them, realizing that Norman really is smart.