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The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Dawn Casey , Ann Wilson
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Book Description

1 Sep 2006
Thirteen creatures in China have come to the river to join in the Emperor's race. Who will win the ultimate honour of having the first year of the new calendar named after them? This work is an easy-to-read retelling of the story of the Chinese Zodiac, with accessible endnotes on Chinese astrology and festivals. The illustrations incorporate numbers in Chinese script - ideal for classroom and library use. It encourages reader interaction as children discover the animal sign of their birth year. The recent praise for Storytime (1-84148-344-3): 'Anne Wilson's illustrations are warm and captivating, drawing the reader and the listener into each picture.' This work is locally marketed for author Dawn Casey in Sussex and illustrator Anne Wilson in Reading.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books Ltd; New title edition (1 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190523676X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905236763
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 22 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Thirteen creatures in China have come to the river to join in the Emperor's race. This work is a retelling of the story of the Chinese Zodiac, with endnotes on Chinese astrology and festivals. It features illustrations, which incorporate numbers in Chinese script. It is useful for classroom and library use.' --LoveReading4Kids

'Prepared in collaged papers with acrylic and printed backgrounds, Wilson's creatively stylized folk art gives this retelling of an ancient legend a distinctive look. Youngsters will likely enjoy the final spread, which lists the years that fall under each respective animal, and the characteristics of people born under that sign.' --Publishers Weekly

'In this retelling of the ancient legend, Casey maintains the pace well. Back matter includes information about the Chinese calendar in general, as well as the more specific Dragon Boat Festival and Moon Festival. The book is a visual treat, with illustrations in simple collage designs on acrylic and painted backgrounds placed in such a way as to keep the eye engaged and moving. The palette is a pleasing mix of intense and muted tones. An attractive addition for most collections.' --School Library Journal

About the Author

Dawn Casey has always had a passion for traditional tales, which she feels are vital nourishment for children. A primary school teacher and writer, Dawn says that passing on these stories is a great privilege, as well as a great pleasure. Dawn lives in East Sussex with her husband and daughter. This is her first project with Barefoot Books. Anne Wilson has an MA in Illustration from St Martin's College of Art, London. She has been illustrating children's books for several years, and this is her second project for Barefoot, following Storytime: First Tales for Sharing (1-84148-344-3). She gains much of her inspiration and use of colour from her travels. Anne lives in Reading.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Year of the Cat 13 Jan 2009
I always wondered why there is no Year of the Cat in the Chinese Zodiac and now I know. My three children all love the drama of this traditional story and the way in which the animals and their different personalities are so vividly described. You can also work out what animal rules the year you were born in by using the chart at the back of the book. And you learn lots about other Chinese festivals too. Wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story for children 12 Mar 2010
Fantastic story all children enjoy to race and this is what this story is about.
I used it for pre school children teaching about chinese new year and they loved the story and enjoyed finding out what animal they were in the chinese calender.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 23 Mar 2014
I work at a Montessori School. Out theme was Chinese New Year so had a look for a book to help us explain the Chinese Years to the children. They loved the book and all wanted to know which animal they were.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story with great illustrations 27 Feb 2014
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Excellent book to tell young children the story of how the Chinese calendar was created. Lovely illustrations to make the story come alive.
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