Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because January 31st is the Chinese New Year, and 2014 is the Year of the Horse, and I’ve been highlighting multicultural books this week and it’s a GREAT picture book!
By Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Jennifer Wood
36 pages – ages 3+
Series: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac (Book 8)
Published by Immedium on December 31, 2013
Theme/Topic- Chinese New Year / Zodiac / Friendship
Opening and Synopsis- Opening –
“After months of waiting, Mama and Pap horse finally welcomed their new baby. The foal tried to stand, wobbled, and gradually gained a sure footing. Her parents were thankful and named her “Hannah.”
Amazon description – “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. ”
Why I liked this book – This is a great story with great illustrations! It is a whimsical story about friendship, and the Chinese Zodiac. I like how you see the other animals of the Chinese Zodiac in the illustrations – that can make it fun for the younger kids to look at. The story has a great feel to it, and I like the friendship part of it! The illustrations are bright and the characters are cute. The characters in the story have the characteristics that people born in the year of the horse have – active and energetic being two of them. It is a fun way to learn about the Chinese Zodiac and the Year of the Horse plus it has a fun story.
Activities and Resources – There is a page in the front of the book that tells you about the Chinese Zodiac and a page in the back of the book that says what it means if you are born in the year of the horse. I love it when books have their own resources built in!
Nick Jr has a great Chinese Zodiac coloring book you can download and learn about the signs. You can also figure out what year you were born in. I am a snake. 🙂 Click HERE to go to the coloring book!
This book is the 9th book in the Chinese Zodiac series. Check out Immedium’s website and see if your year has been written about! Click HERE!
With Multicultural Children’s Book Day coming up on January 27th and the Chinese New Year coming up on the 31st, this is a great choice for reading!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!