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A wonderful introduction for young readers to the Chinese zodiac adapted from a Chinese Buddhist legend dating from the Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Illustrated by the critically acclaimed team of author, illustrator, and calligrapher that created THE LEGEND OF THE CHINESE DRAGON....

Title : What the Rat Told Me
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ISBN : 9780735822207
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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What the Rat Told Me Reviews

  • Nancy Kotkin
    2019-05-11 14:01

    Text: 3 starsIllustrations: 3 starsGood introduction to the Chinese zodiac. This picture book relates the legend of how the Chinese zodiac originated. Striking linoleum print illustrations of black, white, and red lend a modern but distinctively Asian feel to the book. Last double-page spread contains a timeline for readers to identify under which animal sign they are born. A large image of the Chinese zodiac wheel appears on the double-page spread before that.

  • Tasha
    2019-04-28 13:04

    This picture book is adapted from a Chinese Buddhist legend that explains why the cat and rat don't get along at the same time it introduces the Chinese zodiac. The Great Emperor of Heaven invited all of the animals to visit him before sunrise on the top of the Jade Mountain. Cat protests that it is too early for her, but rat assures her that he will wake her in time. But when the time comes in the morning, rat plays a trick by not waking the cat. He also manages to slip to the front of the group by riding up the mountain on the ox's head. So Rat becomes the first symbol of the zodiac and the animals continue from there. The book concludes with the Chinese zodiac and the pleasure of finding out your corresponding animal.This book is so graphically strong and stunning. Done just in black and red, the images are linoleum prints. Each zodiac animal is depicted along with its Chinese symbol. The text is nicely simple and strong, a great pairing with the images. Each zodiac animal is shown having the characteristics that the zodiac gives them. This is one of those books that looks so very simple but takes such great skill. Perfect for zodiac units around Chinese New Year, this book would be rough for story times with mixed ages because you would spend a lot of time looking up dates. It might be nice for a classroom with a limited age range but only if you aren't worried about children becoming monkeys, horses and oxen. Appropriate for ages 5-8.

  • Esther
    2019-04-19 17:03

    Published in 2009 by NorthSouthInterest Level: 3rd-5th GradeThis is another story of the creation of the Chinese Zodiac and how the rat tricked the cat. The title conveys that this is mostly from the rat's point of view and the illustrations are sparse, clear, and prominent.The illustrations are red, white, and black made from linoleum prints so that they are extremely clear and strong looking while still conveying a sense of tradition, since there are only a few colors used to express the story. The text is in a small portion of the page while the illustration takes up most of the page. The shape of the book suggests that it is a brochure almost or a set of folding screens that are many times used in Asian art. In addition, at the end of the book there is a list of all the zodiac years and the signs that match each year. I particularly enjoyed the illustrations and freshness of the shapes that were so clear and well-printed. What I wish had been included in this book is a list of meanings for each zodiac sign or references for more information.

  • Catherine Woodman
    2019-05-03 11:59

    I really loved this collaboration by an author, an illustrator, and a calligrapher. The pictures are memorable and would appeal to very young children. In order to teach young readers about the Asian ritual of naming a year for one of 12 animals, in accordance with the CHinese zodiac. It is adapted from a Buddhist legend from the Han dynasty--whereby animals travel to the foot of the great emperor, and the order they arrive in determines which year will come first in the rotation. The rat is the wiliest of the 13 who start, and comes out ahead of faster and more powerful animals than it. And so it goes, rat, then ox, then tiger, then rabbit (which should have been quite cautious of several of the others), then dragon, then snake, then horse, then ram, then monkey, then rooster, then dog, and finally the boar. THe cat is odd man out.

  • Christina Swain
    2019-04-24 20:09

    I would implement this story into my classroom to introduce my students to the symbols of the Chinese zodiac. As I read this story to my students, I would encourage each of them to pay attention to the symbols and have them invent their own symbols and attributes. This story also invites children to learn about the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-29 20:13

    Another one that worked well in our Picture Book Activities to go with Tikki Tikki Tembo and The Story of Ping. China ABCs introduced the zodiac and this folktale went a little farther. I like the sparse black, white and red illustrations.

  • Traci Bold
    2019-05-08 14:58

    A Legend of the Chinese Zodiac. Fun tale about the Chinese Zodiac came to be. Simple and streamlined illustrations keep this story flowing.By Marie Sellier, Catherine Louis and Wang Fei. Published by North South Books.#PB #NF #Tales #ChineseZodiac

  • Andrea
    2019-05-15 16:17

    Striking and bold. I always wondered why there is a year for the DOG and RAT but not the CAT. Now I know. Good read aloud for Chinese New Year and study in Chinese folklore. Glad to be born in the year of the loyal dog, too.

  • Amar Pai
    2019-05-05 20:20

    Cool introduction to the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Explains why dogs are in the zodiac but housecats are not. The linoleum prints are striking and beautiful. Good opportunity to discuss the cyclical nature of time

  • Tina Bartholoma
    2019-04-25 18:59

    "chinese zodiac, calendar"

  • Karen Arendt
    2019-05-07 18:03

    A nice folktale about how Chinese New Year began. I don't know if there would be enough interest or need for the elementary school, but a good choice for Chinese New Year.

  • Bea
    2019-05-03 17:12

    My daughter noticed that the cat is referred to as "her" in the beginning of the book at "him" at the end. A mistake?

  • Joe
    2019-04-21 13:11

    A good introductory story about the Chinese zodiac

  • Alicia
    2019-04-20 11:56

    A lovely introduction to the origins of animals of the Zodiac, with beautiful Linoleum print illustrations

  • Cathy
    2019-04-19 19:18

    The illustrations in this book are fabulous!

  • Heather
    2019-04-23 13:56

    a story of the Chinese zodiac and my new favorite children's book at the moment, I LOVE the illustrations, it would work really well as a storytime book for older kids.

  • Peacegal
    2019-05-18 18:10

    Stylish tale of the Chinese Zodiac. Check it out if you only know it from placemats in Chinese restaurants!