Cat and Rat

Cat and Rat

The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac

Book - 1995
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"In this intriguing picture book, Caldecott Medalist Young ... retells a Chinese folktale about the origins of the zodiac... . Complex and well-told, the story will hold the reader's interest." - Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805029772
Branch Call Number: JENF/133.5/YOUN
Characteristics: 1 v. [unpaged] col.ill. 26 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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