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12 Lucky Animals BRDBK BLG Edition
Contributor(s): Lee, Vickie, Chou, Joey (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 125018424X     ISBN-13: 9781250184245
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: December 2018

Annotation: Vickie Lee and Joey Chou's illustrated 12 Lucky Animals is a young, dual-language animal concept book introducing Chinese characters and the animals of the Chinese zodiac...
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Astrology, Chinese; Juvenile literature.
Animals; Folklore; Juvenile literature.
Board books.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | Asia
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Foreign Language Study
Dewey: 133.5/9251
LCCN: bl2018197439
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 6.50" H x 6.50" W x 0.75" (0.55 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 November #1)

Lee introduces and identifies the traits of the 12 animals of the zodiac in English and Chinese, while Chou, an animator, depicts each animal in a charming graphic style. The tiger, colorfully rendered in dark salmon tones, is "brave, determined, a creative thinker, loves freedom," while the monkey—pictured floating paper boats from a tree branch sloping over blue water—is "confident, careful, interesting, good with their hands." Readers can personalize the reading experience, too—the zodiac chart on the back cover reveals whether one is "a good listener" like the goat or "caring" like the pig. Ages up to 4. (Dec.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2019 February)

PreS-K—This charming bilingual board book introduces the Chinese zodiac and language in an accessible way regardless of the language ability of readers. Two pages are devoted to each zodiac animal. On the left-hand page is a picture of the friendly creature. The opposite page has the animal's name in English; underneath is the Chinese character and its pronunciation. Also included is the way the word phonetically sounds in English. For example, Pig is Zhu and is pronounced "Zhoo." Beneath is a picture of the pig is a description of its characteristics: "Happy, gentle, caring, loves being at home with family." This title does an excellent job of introducing the Chinese culture to parents and other adults who may not be fluent in the language. It is written in a way that will instill confidence and set the stage for a positive reading experience. It may also encourage children to want to learn more. Illustrations are cute and friendly and the layout is attractive and easy to follow. VERDICT A first purchase for libraries and preschools, perfect for ushering in a new year.—Robin Sofge, Prince William Public Library System, VA

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