The Year of the Rabbit (Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Series)

The Year of the Rabbit (Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Series)

by Oliver Chin, Justin Roth
     
 


“Another adventurous tale from Oliver Chin, The Year of the Rabbit will be sure to keep children on the edge of their seats as they wait to discover how two friends help each other in need. Chin's descriptive storytelling will keep children enthralled and looking forward to his next zodiac book!" - Shirley Ly, Los Angeles Public Library

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“Another adventurous tale from Oliver Chin, The Year of the Rabbit will be sure to keep children on the edge of their seats as they wait to discover how two friends help each other in need. Chin's descriptive storytelling will keep children enthralled and looking forward to his next zodiac book!" - Shirley Ly, Los Angeles Public Library

“Favorite Chinese New Year Books for Kids: This is the sixth in a planned 12-book series that introduces children to the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Oliver Chin introduces young readers to the characteristics of each zodiac animal through lively stories accompanied by exuberant illustrations. The Year of the Rabbit follows the escapades of Rosie, a long-eared hare with a nose for adventure. Along the way, she meets the boy Jai and other animals from the Chinese lunar calendar. By story's end, Rosie discovers that her unique traits serve her well.” - China Sprout

Rosie is a funny bunny with an ear for adventure. After getting caught "visiting" a nearby vegetable garden, Rosie befriends the boy Jai. Now what mischief will these two get into in this hair-raising tale?

This sixth installment features all twelve animals of the lunar calendar. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit.

“I’m lucky enough to have a Rabbit living at home...too clever by far sometimes, but thank goodness he’s nimble and resourceful, too, because like Rosie, he enjoys those run-for-your-life adventures way too much!” - Smithsonian Book Blog

“I love rabbits, obviously, so 'The Year of the Rabbit' a sweet story about Rosie, a rabbit with extra-long ears, was right up my alley. Written by Oliver Chin with fantastic illustrations by Justin Roth, this book is another great Immedium release. A tale of friendship, bravery, and why sometimes its good to be just a little different, Rosie will hop her way right into your heart." – Tokyo Bunnie

"This bright and playful story makes the ancient tradition of the Chinese zodiac accessible to children everywhere…The Year of the Rabbit is a timely way for the youngest readers to get acquainted with this aspect of Chinese tradition."—Paper Tigers

“The author/illustrator team of Oliver Chin and Justin Roth, who have delighted us with their zodiac books and pirate stories, are back with another story based on the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Rabbit is not first-baby-book reading, but it will still look cute on the nursery bookshelf. Plus, the story about a little boy and a bunny will still be a fun read when that baby is old enough to be all ears at story time. Sorry, couldn't resist." – Cool Mom Picks

“Move over Bugs Bunny. 2011 brings on the Year of the Rabbit, and Oliver Chin adds another adventurous Tale from the Chinese Zodiac to his collection, The Year of the Rabbit. This tale introduces Rosie the Rabbit, who is born with super long ears, which brings her both misfortune and fortune. As luck would have it, a boy named Jai, whose grandmother would rather eat Rosie for dinner after getting caught raiding her garden, saves Rosie. Later on, it’s Rosie who returns the favor to Jai in this fast-paced animated story. It definitely has a comic book flavor to it....Chin continues to creatively reveal the virtues of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac through his series.” - BookDads

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rosie Rabbit reveals she's more than the sum of her unusually long ears in this jaunty but meandering tale, second in this Chinese zodiac–centric series. When a mother and son catch Rosie in their garden, the boy, Jai, decides to keep her in a barn hutch, along with other zodiac animals. When Rosie's parents rescue her, Jai and his dog follow, but are hunted by a crouching tiger. Rosie's bravery (and an absurd turn of events involving a dragon) save the day. The thread of Rosie's misfit nature carries through only weakly, and despite plenty of action, the story's point is murky. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews

The sixth (of a projected 12) in a series of illustrated tales designed to demonstrate traits characterizing those born under each sign of the Chinese zodiac. Rosie, an amiable rabbit with oversize ears, is captured after raiding a garden, escapes and ends up befriending her young captor, Jai, after cleverly rescuing him from a tiger. In labored efforts to crank up reader interest, the author folds in Disney references, including a character named Uncle Remus and even a "zip-a-dee-doo-dah!" Roth depicts his brightly colored figures (all of whom, except for the humans, are zodiacal animals) in an unpleasant, flat-bodied, cartoon style that features exaggerated poses and wide-open eyes and mouths. (The illustrations evenlook loud.) A topic that can be adequately covered in one volume—such as, for instance, Catherine Louis'What the Rat Told Me: A Legend of the Chinese Zodiac(2009)—thins considerably when stretched out over a dozen, but there's a natural draw here for children born in the corresponding years (1999 and 2011 in this case). (afterword)(Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597020237
Publisher:
Immedium
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Series
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Oliver Chin is the author of the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, The Adventures of WonderBaby: From A to Z, Julie Black Belt, Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought, Welcome to Monster Isle, and Baltazar and the Flying Pirates.

Justin Roth is a professional illustrator, animator, and character designer. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, he illustrated The Year of the Tiger and Baltazar and the Flying Pirates.

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