The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac

Publisher: Quarto

Review

Long ago in a very ancient China, there were no years or days or hours. To find a way of measuring time, the Jade Emperor held a Great Race. The first 12 animals to cross the river would have a year named after them and earn a place in the Chinese zodiac.

The Great Race gently introduces and celebrates Chinese culture in a fun and vibrant way. Whilst the story is very simplistic throughout, the bold illustrations enhance the story for readers, and the authors extensive research into Chinese paintings and ceramics shines through. This read-aloud story also provides a great stepping stone for introducing other cultural ideas to young children.

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