The kindness and generosity of those born under the sign of the sheep in the Chinese zodiac is brought to life in this heartwarming multicultural fairy tale.
Long, long ago, there lived a kind physician. He lived on a mountain in a small Chinese village where he practiced traditional Chinese medicine for all the villagers. On his way home one day, he found an injured sheep, rescued it and brought it home where he nursed the sheep back to life.
One evening, after the sheep had been living with the physician for some time, a beast barged into the village, demanding payment of each household in the form of one child. If the villagers refused to hand over their children, the beast would eat everyone!
In the blink of an eye, the rescued sheep transforms into a lovely girl, who, with a clever plan, manages to frighten the beast away and keep everyone in the village safe from harm. And so, with one simple act of kindness, an entire village is saved, reminding us that every action, no matter how small, has consequences.
Other books in the Chinese Zodiac Series (as well as the year of that animal) include:
- Little Pigs and the Sweet Rice Cakes —2007 & 2019
- Magical Rooster —2005 & 2017
- Water Dragon —2012 & 2024
- Little Monkey King's Journey —2016 & 2028
- Snake Goddess Colors the World —2013 & 2025
- Horse and the Mysterious Drawing —2014 & 2026
- Bronze Dog —2006 & 2018
- Little Rat and the Golden Seed —2008 & 2020
About the Author
Formerly a middle school art teacher and editor for children's books, Li Jian currently owns his own illustration studio focusing on children's fairy tales. He is the author of many books, including The Water Dragon , The Little Monkey King's Journey and The Snake Goddess Colors the World.