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


"These stories are cute and humorous while offering a lesson learning adventure. I can't express how much I recommend them as a classroom addition or for a home library . . . a great gift for expectant parents or loved ones." ?Teachers' Favorite Books for Students
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"These stories are cute and humorous while offering a lesson learning adventure. I can't express how much I recommend them as a classroom addition or for a home library . . . a great gift for expectant parents or loved ones." —Teachers' Favorite Books for Students
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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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597020237
  • Publisher: Immedium
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Series
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 1,259,668
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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