Animals in the Stars: Chinese Astrology for Children

Overview

Lavishly illustrated guide to Chinese Astrology for children ages 8-12.

? Illustrations and text describe the characteristics of each of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and of those born under each sign.

? Each animal is accompanied by a traditional Chinese folktale.

? Offers a brief overview of Chinese astrology and the history of the Chinese zodiac.

Anyone who has ever taken children to a Chinese restaurant and watched them read the paper placemat with fascination knows ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (17) from $2.08   
  • New (7) from $8.82   
  • Used (10) from $2.08   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Lavishly illustrated guide to Chinese Astrology for children ages 8-12.

• Illustrations and text describe the characteristics of each of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and of those born under each sign.

• Each animal is accompanied by a traditional Chinese folktale.

• Offers a brief overview of Chinese astrology and the history of the Chinese zodiac.

Anyone who has ever taken children to a Chinese restaurant and watched them read the paper placemat with fascination knows that children (and adults) love the playfulness and self-reflection of Chinese astrology. Now children can learn about the unique character traits and legends that make up the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, as well as experience a deeper appreciation for the cultural traditions behind Chinese astrology. 

Beautifully illustrated with lifelike animals that jump off the page, Animals in the Stars provides an informative and playful tool for self-exploration using this ancient tradition. The human personality traits of the 12 animals—both good and bad—are described in detail along with explanations of the significance of being born in the "year of" that particular animal. Each animal description is also accompanied by a traditional Chinese folktale further personifying the unique qualities and characteristics of that animal. Youngsters can enjoy these magical teaching tales while learning their "sign" as well as those of family members and friends. This wonderful introduction to the foundations of Chinese astrology is a perfect resource for the child seeking to know more about Chinese culture, zodiac animal characteristics, relationship dynamics, or esoteric traditions, as well as those seeking the simple fun inherent in the combination of astrology and animals.

Includes an overview of the history of the Chinese zodiac (The Twelve Earthly Branches), a birth-year chart, and twelve folktales, each featuring one of the animals.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A delightful compilation that is a strongly recommended introductory overview for children to the basic principles of Chinese astrology."

"Although the recommended ages are for children eight and up, almost anyone might enjoy reading about the Chinese legends."

December 2002 The Children's Bookwatch
"A delightful compilation that is a strongly recommended introductory overview for children to the basic principles of Chinese astrology."
Dell Magazines Chris Lorenz
"Although the recommended ages are for children eight and up, almost anyone might enjoy reading about the Chinese legends."
The Children's Bookwatch
"A delightful compilation that is a strongly recommended introductory overview for children to the basic principles of Chinese astrology."
Chris Lorenz
"Although the recommended ages are for children eight and up, almost anyone might enjoy reading about the Chinese legends."
Children's Literature
For every child who has been mesmerized by the placemat depicting the Chinese zodiac at a favorite Asian restaurant, here is a book to satisfy one's curiosity to learn more. The book examines how the twelve-year cycle came into being, characteristics of the twelve animals of the zodiac, and personalities attributed to those born in the year of each animal. An easy-to-read chart helps readers find the appropriate animal linked to their birth year from 1924 to 1983. A folktale about each animal describes character traits associated with each one. For example, one tale tells how the ox, who is known for being gentle and strong, learned how to be patient. Also explained is how the decision was made about which animal—the Rat—would come first in the cycle. The author-illustrator's use of mixed media softly captures the sense of Chinese culture exemplified by the zodiac. Readers do not have to believe in Chinese astrology to find exploring this book to be fun. 2002, Bear Cub Books/Inner Traditions International, Patterson
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591430001
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,217,768
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Crawford has been a professional artist for 37 years. His work has appeared in advertising and film and on TV, and he is the illustrator of Tai Chi for Kids. He lives in Gaysville, Vermont. 

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

The Story of the Twelve Earthly Branches
A long time ago, when the world was very young, there was a beautiful land called Zhonngguo, which means the Middle Kingdom. To this very day the people who live there call it by this name, but we call it China.
The people of this enchanted land were very wise and closely watched the world around them. They watched the skies above and the oceans below; they observed the trees blossoming in the spring and shedding their leaves in the fall. They noticed the world as it grew green in the summer and as it dreamed under a blanket of snow in the winter. And they watched the animals, both wild and tame, as they went about their lives through every season. In this way the people of the Middle Kingdom learned how to live in harmony with nature. In fact, this way of living became so important to many of them that they gave it a name: Taoism (pronounced "Dowism"). Some of those who studied this way of living and followed it closely each day became knowledgeable and wise priests.

These priests knew many things about the world: They could feel in the wind when the rains would come, and they could predict how great the harvest would be. But neither they nor the people of Zhonngguo had a way of marking and dividing time, as we do today with our calendar. And strangely enough, they did not always understand each other as well as they understood the animals around them.

How did they come to be able to mark time and understand their neighbors and friends? Here is how one story tells it

Some of the priests who lived in the Middle Kingdom were quite old; they had lived through many years. And as they looked back on their lives and thought about all that had happened in Zhonngguo, they began to see that some years were full of slow-but-steady effort and patient strength, as though the strong and steady Ox were in charge. Other years seemed full of courageous deeds and daring, just like powerful Tiger. Some were years of action and success, as though Monkey ruled over all, while others were time for careful thought and planning, as though guided by Snake. After talking to one another and closely watching the animals around them, they discovered that each year they could recall seemed to be influenced by one of twelve different animals: Ox, Tiger, Monkey, Snake, Rat, Boar, Rabbit, Dog, Horse, Rooster, Sheep, and (whether real or not!) the important Dragon.

"A ha!" the priests said to one another. This meant to them that all time was governed by a repeating cycle of twelve years ruled by these twelve animals, an Ox year followed by a Tiger year, followed by a Rabbit year, and so on until all twelve years had gone by and the Ox year came around again—much like time for us is governed by a repeating cycle of twelve months, January followed by February followed by March, and so on until all twelve months have gone by and January comes around again. The priests called this cycle of twelve years the Twelve Earthly Branches—which today we call the Chinese zodiac.

But their discoveries didn't stop there. Not only years were influenced by these twelve animals. All the people they observed seemed to be ruled by them too! Those born in a year ruled by Rooster, a year of hard work and discipline, were, sure enough, the hardest working, most disciplined people in the Middle Kingdom. And those born in a peaceful and happy Sheep year were the calmest and most content people anyone knew.

The priests had discovered a way of both dividing time and understanding people—all in all, an amazing feat for which Huang Ti, the Jade Emperor, praised them greatly. "But," the emperor asked them, "if we are to use this system to help us mark time, we must know which year begins the cycle. You must decide which animal comes first."

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Animals in the Stars
Chinese Astrology for Children
Contents

The Story of the Twelve Earthly Branches

How It Was Decided Which Animal Came First

Finding Your Animal Year
The Year of the Rat 
Rat's Big Day at the Market

The Year of the Ox
How the Ox Learned Patience

The Year of the Tiger
Tiger Makes a Promise

The Year of the Rabbit
The Rabbit in the Moon

The Year of the Dragon
The Golden Dragon

The Year of the Snake
The Snake, the Deer, and the Old Man

The Year of the Horse
The Horse Who Knew the Way

The Year of the Sheep
The Lost Lamb

The Year of the Monkey
The Monkeys and the Chestnuts

The Year of the Rooster
Why Rooster Crows

The Year of the Dog
The Good Dog Fireball

The Year of the Boar
The Clever Pig

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)