The Race for the Chinese Zodiac

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The Race for the Chinese Zodiac
Written by Gabrielle Wang
Format: Hardback
ISBN-10: 0763667781
ISBN-13: 9780763667788
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The Race for the Chinese Zodiac

author: Gabrielle Wang
illustrator: Sally Rippin

Long ago in ancient China, the Jade Emperor, ruler of heaven and earth, proclaimed a mighty race, saying that the first twelve animals to cross the river would have a year named after them. When the gong rings out, Tiger leaps in the river, followed by peaceful Rabbit clutching a log. Rat and Cat climb on Ox’s back, and Dog splashes in the shallows while Rooster finds a raft and takes clever Monkey and gentle Goat on board. Snake hitches a ride in Horse’s mane, powerful Dragon flies over the river, and Pig plays happily in the mud. But thirteen animals are racing for only twelve places on the Zodiac. Who will be honest, and who devious? Who will help friends along the way? Who will come first — and who will miss out?

With gorgeous illustrations based on Chinese painting techniques, a lively retelling of the legendary animals’ race that led to the twelve signs on the Chinese Zodiac.
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0763667781 /  9780763667788
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Picture Books / Hardback
age range:
5 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
32 / 8 5/8" x 11"
grade range:
Kindergarten - Grade 4
Legends, Myths, Fables; People & Places; Animals; Animals; Fairy Tales & Folklore;
author’s comments:
Gabrielle Wang is an award-winning author and illustrator of Chinese heritage who was born in Melbourne. Her great-grandfather went to Australia in 1853 during the gold rush. She lives in Australia.
illustrator’s comments:
Sally Rippin was born in Australia, but grew up in Southeast Asia. As a young woman, she spent three years studying traditional brush and ink painting in Shanghai and Hangzhou. She has written and illustrated many award-winning books for children. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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