Cat and Rat

Cat and Rat

The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac

Book - 1998
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Introduces the Chinese zodiac and relates how each of its twelve signs was named for an animal selected by the Jade Emperor.
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 1998,1995
ISBN: 9780805060492
Branch Call Number: J 133.5 YOUNG
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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FindingJane May 13, 2015

With simple images conveyed in powerful strokes, Mr. Young gives children the story of the Chinese Zodiac, focusing on the various aspects of the featured animals to put themselves on the list. But first and last in the story is how the deceitful rat tricked his former best friend in order to be first among the animals. The book also comes with helpful listings of all the animals in the zodiac, the personality traits of the people born in those years and an author’s note about how the zodiac is used in modern times. This expressive story is a wonderful recounting of this story and the illustrations are a demonstration of how less is often more.


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