Title: The Year of the Horse: Tales of the Chinese Zodiac
Author: Oliver Chin
Illustrator: Jennifer Wood
Publisher: Immeduim, December 31, 2013
Topic: friendship, bravery
Age: 3 - 8
Opening: After months of waiting, Mama and Papa horse finally welcomed their new baby.
Summary: 2014 is The Year of the Horse! Hannah the horse has a wonderfully talented family and a very special friendship with a boy named Tom, but she wants more than that. She yearns to have special skills like those of her parents and relatives. When Tom offers to take his art teacher’s newest painting to the governor in a far off capital, Hannah jumps at the chance to show a little horse can have a lot of courage.
Resources: You can find coloring pages of Hannah and her family. Activity Village has a variety of resources including coloring pages, adorable bookmarks, printable origami booklets, Chinese Zodiac Chart, posters and more!
What I like about the book:
What better way to start the Year of the Horse than with a children's book by that name?!?! This series is a great way to introduce children to the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. In this story, Hannah is a sweet character that embodies the characteristic of those who are born in the year of the horse. She is brave, loyal and a good friend. Children will enjoy the bright and playful illustrations and engaging dialogue. I like the end note at the end of the book that has more information about people born in the year of the horse.