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/Simplified Chinese) edition.
“An almost impossibly cute retelling of the myth about the animals who raced across a river at the behest of the Jade Emperor.”
– Hicklebee's Bookstore
"This is the perfect introduction to Chinese New year and the Chinese Zodiac for young children. The text in English and Chinese makes this a good choice for readers learning either language."
– Youth Services Book Review
"Lee offers a sweet introduction to the zodiac for the very young."
– Publishers Weekly
"With text in both English and Chinese, and showing a diverse group of adorable babies representing the words perfectly, this book is a treasure to experience between caregivers and little ones. It's sure to make memories and be a long-term favourite."
– Resource Links
"Adorable…The text and photos allow for an easy connection between adult readers and young listeners. While this book could be enjoyed at any time of year, it is a good fit for holiday displays, programming, and curricula."
– School Library Journal
"The layout of the book is crisp and clean, well suited to attracting a baby's attention…A brief note explains the origin of the Chinese zodiac, though that is hardly necessary to enjoy this attractive book."
"Adorable...A gentle introduction to the holiday celebrated around the world."
– Good Reads with Ronna blog
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection | 2019 | Commended