The Animals of Chinese New Year (Chinese Bilingual)
The Animals of Chinese New Year (Chinese Bilingual)
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Catalog Number: #6524745
Format: Board Book
No other formats available
Special Formats: Board Book Board Book
Publisher: Orca Books
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 28
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-459-81902-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-459-81902-3
Dewey: E
Language: Chinese
Bilingual: Yes
ALA Booklist
Combining the board-book specialties of animals, photographs of babies, and a holiday, this book tells a simplified version of the myth of the Chinese zodiac. Twelve animals are in a race organized by the Jade Emperor, the most powerful Chinese god, and the winner of the race will ultimately be the first animal celebrated in a 12-year cycle. The layout of the book is crisp and clean, well suited to attracting a baby's attention. Each double-page spread presents the text in English and Chinese, and is accompanied by an illustration of one of the animals. The illustrations, all in red, look like traditional paper-cut images. Complementing the illustrations are full-page color photos of babies and toddlers demonstrating the actions of the animals as described in the text. The children are representative of different races and genders. A brief note explains the origin of the Chinese zodiac, though that is hardly necessary to enjoy this attractive book.
Publishers Weekly
Lee bases this photographic board book on the legend of the Chinese zodiac, in which 12 animals race across a river to determine which one will represent the year. Photographs of babies and toddlers, in moments of play on the left-hand side, mirror the traits of each zodiac animal, which are rendered as ornate red icons alongside text in English and simplified Chinese on the right. A child wearing a floral smock and bonnet sits on a rocky shore: -The tiger is brave and leaps from rock to rock.- Another child hangs from monkey bars: -The monkey laughs and swings from the trees.- Lee offers a sweet introduction to the zodiac for the very young. Ages up to 3. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreSAn adorable read-aloud for babies and toddlers based on the Chinese zodiac. Every 12 years, the Jade Emperor sets up a race between the animals of the zodiac for the honor to be the first in the 12-year calendar cycle. Each animal races according to its own personality. "The ox works hard to stay ahead The rabbit chats to everyone along the way." Each spread features a full-page photograph of diverse babies, English text followed by Simplified Chinese, complemented by stylized traditional Chinese art. Taken together, the photographs are of varied quality and feel inconsistent across the entire book. However, this is a small blemish as the photos complement the text and illustrate each character trait well. Overall, the text and photos allow for an easy connection between adult readers and young listeners. VERDICT While this book could be enjoyed at any time of year, it is a good fit for holiday displays, programming, and curricula. Richelle Rose, Kenton County Public Library, KY
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ALA Booklist (12/1/18)
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (10/1/18)
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-K
Lexile: AD430L

Drawing on the myth of the Chinese zodiac, The Animals of Chinese New Year follows twelve animals as they speed across a river, competing to represent the imminent new year in a race held by the Jade Emperor, the most powerful Chinese god. Each animal competes in its own unique way. The ox works hard, the tiger is brave, the dog smiles kindly, but who will win? Bright photographs of babies demonstrating the same traits as the animals in the text, complemented by traditional Chinese graphic elements, accompany Sookfong Lee's lively text.

Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English/Simplifed Chinese) edition.

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