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.
This book has cute pictures of babies that correspond to the different animals in the Chinese Zodiac and their actions as they race across the river. There’s not much of a story and my son wasn’t very intrigued by the images of the kids.
I really enjoyed this book, especially after getting to the last page which gives you a little summary about the Chinese New Year and the myth of the race. The photographs of babies are adorable, diverse and feature those absolute classic faces we all love in our babies. Plus, babies love to see pictures of other baby faces, so this one was a winner for me. Taught me a little something, and highly enjoyable.
Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in East Vancouver, British Columbia, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Better Mother, The End of East, Gentlemen of the Shade and, with Orca, Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone. Jen appears regularly as a contributor on The Next Chapter on cbc Radio One and teaches at The Writer’s Studio Online with Simon Fraser University. For more information, visit www.sookfong.com.