Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋快乐 zhōng qiū kuài lè

During the Mid- Autumn Festival countless families experience the  warmth and nostalgia related with this traditional celebration. Much folklore exists concerning the origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival; be it the exciting tale of the Moon Goddess Chang’e or the fact that one time mooncakes were used as a vessel to transport messages secretly. Regardless of it’s origin, most notable are the loving memories shared with family and friends on this joyous occasion”.mooncakes-2016

Wishing you and your family all the best for a wonderful Mid-Autumn Festival.  I wanted to share with you this marvelous message on the mooncakes (月饼) I received this year. These salty ones (bottom pic) are Suzhou-style savory pork mooncakes (肉月饼) , loved by all Shanghainese, from my paternal grandparent’s hometown. I hope  the holiday brings you many mooncakes(月饼) and more importantly the opportunity to connect with your family.

Happy Year of the Monkey!

Happy New Year 新年好 xīn nián hǎo

To celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Monkey, I am pleased to be able to share a special monkey drum craft with you.  This fun craft is provided by world music children’s performer DARIA (www.dariamusic.com). 

Bolang Gu creft + real one


Here’s a simple music craft to make and play for Chinese Lunar New Year!

The Bolang Gu (波浪鼓;pinyin: bo lang gu) is also called a monkey drum or a pellet drum and is a small, two-sided drum with beads or pellets that bounce off both sides.  Although bolang gu are often considered children’s toys – especially at Chinese New Years celebrations – they actually date back to ceremonies held in the Song Dynasty of China and are part of religious rituals in Tibet, Mongolia, India, and Taiwan.  Continue reading

Press Release: ALM on Putumayo’s Asian Playground

Asian-Playground-CoverNew York, March 31, 2015 – A Little Mandarin (www.alittlemandarin.com) joins the international artist lineup on Putumayo Kids latest album, Putumayo Kids Presents Asian Playground, available at retailers worldwide and iTunes.  A Little Mandarin’s song “Yī Fēn Qián (One Penny)” is featured on the album;  preview the music at Putumayo Kids.

“I’m proud to once again be included on a fun, high-quality Putumayo Kids production. I have long admired Putumayo Kids and share their passion for introducing children to other cultures through music” Says Toni Wang, creator of A Little Mandarin.

Asian Playground celebrates the incredible diversity of Asia. Featuring 11 artists from nine countries, this collection of children’s music mixes traditional sounds and instruments with modern styles. Toni is proud to be part of a line-up that includes such luminaries as Kailash Kher (India), The Shanghai Restoration Project (China) and Elena Moon Park (Korea).


Dr. Toy – Best Classic

Creative Child – CD of the Year (Foreign Language)

Parents’ Choice – Silver Honor

Thank you so all the parents, educators and reviewers for the honors!