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The Animals of Chinese New Year
Dual language (English & Simplified Chinese)
By (author): Jen Sookfong Lee Translated by: Kileasa Che Wan Wong
9781459819023 Board book, Picture book, Paper over boards Chinese, English Juvenile: Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 0 - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / General Jan 08, 2019
$9.95 CAD
Active 7 x 7 x 0.56 in 28 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C106973 Orca Book Publishers
It’s a race to the finish!

Drawing on the myth of the Chinese zodiac, The Animals of Chinese New Year follows twelve animals as they speed across a river, competing to represent the imminent new year in a race held by the Jade Emperor, the most powerful Chinese god. Each animal competes in its own unique way. The ox works hard, the tiger is brave, the dog smiles kindly, but who will win? Bright photographs of babies demonstrating the same traits as the animals in the text, complemented by traditional Chinese graphic elements, accompany Sookfong Lee's lively text. Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English/Simplified Chinese) edition.

Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in East Vancouver, British Columbia, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Better Mother, The End of East, Gentlemen of the Shade and, with Orca, Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone and The Animals of Chinese New Year. Jen appears regularly as a contributor on “The Next Chapter” on CBC Radio One and teaches at The Writer's Studio Online with Simon Fraser University. For more information, visit sookfong.com.

Key Selling Points

Drawing on the myth of the Chinese zodiac, The Animals of Chinese New Year follows twelve animals as they speed across a river, competing to represent the imminent new year in a race held by the Jade Emperor.

Dual-language book (English and Simplified Chinese).

Release coincides with Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019).

Jen Sookfong Lee has written several popular novels for adults: The End of East, The Better Mother, The Conjoined and Gentlemen of the Shade.

Features bright photographs of babies demonstrating the same traits as the animals in the text.

Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone, Jen Sookfong Lee's middle reader nonfiction book in the Orca Origins series, was a CCBC Best Books selection.

Jen Sookfong Lee is a CBC radio columnist.

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"This is the perfect introduction to Chinese New year and the Chinese Zodiac for young children. The text in English and Chinese makes this a good choice for readers learning either language." - Youth Services Book Review

"Lee offers a sweet introduction to the zodiac for the very young." - Publishers Weekly

"With text in both English and Chinese, and showing a diverse group of adorable babies representing the words perfectly, this book is a treasure to experience between caregivers and little ones. It's sure to make memories and be a long-term favourite." - Resource Links

"Adorable…The text and photos allow for an easy connection between adult readers and young listeners. While this book could be enjoyed at any time of year, it is a good fit for holiday displays, programming, and curricula." - School Library Journal

"The layout of the book is crisp and clean, well suited to attracting a baby's attention…A brief note explains the origin of the Chinese zodiac, though that is hardly necessary to enjoy this attractive book." - Booklist

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