This is our 1st Chinese Literature-based Unit study. Ruth has chosen one of her sons’ favorite books ~ Lemons Are Not Red (by Laura Vaccaro Seeger). After I took a look at the book, I was sure my children would love this book.

Lemons are not red

In case you missed the introductory post about Literature-based studies, I wrote how beneficial this approach is, and how to incorporate it into homeschooling. Click HERE to read more.

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A Summary of Lemons Are Not Red

This great children’s book introduces COLORS and SHAPES. This book illustrates both correct and incorrect colors for different objects (e.g. moon, carrots, lemons, elephants, snowman,etc.) It offers silly surprises for the readers and leaves them laughing. It is a perfect children book for young children, and it is also fun for older children as well.


Here are links to Youtube videos that can offer some help with this book.

  1. Lemons Are Not Red (Word Alive Literacy)
    {A storytelling video of this book.}
  2. Unit 1. Lemons Are Not Red (Yu-Miao International Educational Organization)
    {It is fun teaching video with this book from a native-English teacher. If you need some ideas of how to teach your little kids, this is a perfect video for reference.}
  3. Lemons Are Not Red (Reading Rockets)
    {It is an interview with the author, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, talks about this book.}

About the Printable

I made 2 sets of FREE printable to go with this book: Hands-on activities & Worksheets.


  • Teach color words in Chinese through games, coloring pages, hands-on activities, and worksheets.

Suggested Duration

  • For preschoolers, 2-3 weeks.
  • For kindergarteners and up, 1-2 week.

Of course, it depends on your circumstances, makes a plan that fits you and your children.

6 versions

  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese with pinyin
  • Simplified Chinese with pinyin
  • Traditional Chinese with English
  • Simplified Chinese with English

Hands-On Activities

There are 3 Games with instructions {Memory Game, Story Retelling, and Speed}.

They help readers learn Chinese characters, understand how to use “is/are and is/are not”, understand the story, and sequence the story.



There are 7 pages of printable worksheets.

They focus on Chinese character recognition and reading comprehension. Math and literacy skills are also included.


Suggestions on How to Use the Printables

Ruth also wrote a blog post with some suggestions on how to use these printable. In her post, she describes each activity, game, and worksheet in more detail and with photos as well. I’m sure you will enjoy reading all the insights she gives.


I hope you will enjoy reading this post. If you have any favorite Chinese books would like me to use for the future Chinese literature-Based Unit Study, or if you have comments of this post, please leave a comment or email me.

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