Race with the animals of the Zodiac as they compete to have the years of the Chinese calendar named after them. The excitement-filled story is followed by notes on the Chinese calendar, important Chinese holidays, and a chart outlining the animal signs based on birth years.
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This was an interesting folktale that I greatly enjoyed.The Jade Emperor decides that he will make a calendar with each year being named after a different animal so that people can measure time accurately. But how will he pick which animal to start the calendar with or in what order the animals should be on the calendar. With a Race of course! The emperor gathers thirteen animals together and they must race across a great river. Rat sees all the animals and realizes that he is the smallest animal but he comes up with a brilliant idea about how to win. This story tells how Rat was clever enough to come first in the race and why there is no Cat in the calendar.This book was a fun, quick read and even has a few pages at the end that tells you about the Chinese New Year, a few important festivals to the Chinese and of course it gives a brief summary about the character of each animal found in the Chinese calendar.