The Race for the Chinese Zodiac by Gabrielle Wang

Bibliographic Information:  Wang, G., Rippin, S., & Abos, R. (2010). The race for the Chinese zodiac. Fitzroy, Vic.: Black Dog Books.

Annotation:  In ancient china, the jade ruler declared a race, where the first twelve animals to cross the river, would have a year named after them.  The tiger, rabbit, rat, cat, ox, dog, roaster, monkey, goat, horse, snake, pig, dragon all attempted to cross the river.  The only animal to not cross the river was the cat, because the rat knocked her off and pushed her down stream.  The book finishes by explaining all of the Chinese Zodiac Signs.

Genre:  Myth and Fable

Grade Level:  1st – 4th Grade

Interested Readers:  A student who is interested in the Chinese Zodiac Signs could be interested in this book.  This book could also interest readers based on the animals and the myth of how the animals got the year.  This could also help and discuss different cultures.

Personal Response and Rating:  I thought this book was a good book to explain the Chinese Zodiac signs.  I also enjoy how this book at the end of the book explains what the twelve animal and zodiac signs are.  I feel that this book has good details, but not to much details that students wouldn’t understand.  I would give this book a 4.5/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  What animal gave the roaster a helping hand?

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