What the Rat Told Me

by Catherine Louis and Marie Sellier

“I am going to tell you the story of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.... read more

“I am going to tell you the story of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. This story is true, I am sure, because I heard it from the rat, who was there. Here is what the rat told me…” So begins an engaging retelling of how the rat outwitted the cat, and the rest of the animals, to win first position in the emperor’s calendar. Striking linoleum prints in red and black accentuate the tale. Blocks of Chinese calligraphy denote each character, and a chart from 1900–2020 identifies animal assignments for each year. This pleasing introduction to the Chinese zodiac invites re-enactment of the animal drama, as well as investigations in math and social studies. (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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