is a nice little book that I downloaded from Amazon.com after watching several of ShaoLan’s YouTube videos about her book.
I tend to think in pictures and her method of having pictures behind the Chinese characters works perfectly for me.
The book has a little more than 400 characters to learn with some basic sentences for practice. For comparison, a typical first year college course expects you to learn about 500 characters which includes radicals. Second year also expects you to learn another 500. The book includes pinyin, so you can link the pinyin and characters up in your head and begin typing into your iPhone right away if you preset your keyboard.
It doesn’t go into grammar or things like telling time, but hey, learning the characters seems to be more difficult to me than learning a few grammar rules. You can pick up grammar rules from other sources online and I will list what I have found later.