The Year of the Rat: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac (Hardcover)
2020 is the Year of the Rat Ralph is a resolute rodent whose journey celebrates the new year. This edition features a bilingual Chinese translation.Young Ralph explores the world with his friend, the boy Bing. But being an impish rodent, Ralph finds some habits hard to break. Now Ralph is not allowed to attend Bing's birthday party However, when a bunch of overinflated balloons unexpectedly carry Bing away by, can Ralph save the day? Befriending people and the other zodiac animals, can Ralph show he's got the right stuff? Illustrating expressive characters and vibrant action, artist Jeremiah Alcorn creates an inviting new world for readers to explore. Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is a popular annual children's book series showcasing the twelve charming animals that embody the Chinese New Year.
Ralph's fanciful flight to discover his true nature will delight children and adults alike. Kids love identifying with how each animal embarks on a unique quest to discover his or her own character: Bright and dynamic illustrations will appeal to parents, those interested in Asian culture, and, of course, animal lovers.Teachers appreciate how Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is the only English series on each of the animals of the Chinese lunar calendar. Librarians like how it one of the longest-running children's book series featuring Asian American themes. Now readers everywhere can enjoy these entertaining and original tales. "Though recommended for elementary students, The Year of the Rat is steeped in Asian culture and will appeal to readers of all ages. And even if readers cannot engage personally with the traits of the Rat, they will certainly be able to identify with Ralph's feats and struggles."
- Paper Tigers
About the Author
Oliver Chin is the author of The Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, Welcome to Monster Isle, Baltazar and the Flying Pirates, Julie Black Belt, Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought, and The Adventures of WonderBaby. His family lives in San Francisco, California. Jeremiah Alcorn is the artist of The Year of the Dog, Pig (which ForeWord magazine recommended because "readers young and old will enjoy this journey"), and Ox. He resides in Alabama with his wife and children.