The Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse : Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

3.42 (38 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.42 (38 ratings by Goodreads)

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Hannah is a spirited horse who has a lot riding on her! This feisty filly's amazing journey celebrates the new year and kids' can-do attitudes.

2014 is The Year of the Horse! Hannah is a foal who has a talented family and yearns to have special skills too. She befriends the boy Tom. Together can they bring his art teacher's important painting to the capital faraway? Hannah jumps at the chance to show that a little horse can have a lot of courage.

When others think she's too young, can Hannah prove her unbridled spirit can blaze its own trail? Illustrating expressive characters and vibrant action, artist Jennifer Wood creates an inviting new world for readers to explore. Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is a popular annual children's book series showcasing the twelve charming animals that embody the Chinese New Year.

Hannah's rousing quest to discover her true nature will delight children and adults alike. Kids love identifying with how each animal embarks on a unique quest to discover his or her own character: Bright and dynamic illustrations will appeal to parents, those interested in Asian culture, and, of course, horse lovers.

Teachers appreciate how Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is the only English series on each of the animals of the Chinese lunar calendar. Librarians like how it one of the longest-running children's book series featuring Asian American themes. Now readers everywhere can enjoy these entertaining and original tales.

Each [Tale from the Chinese Zodiac] combines a sense of tenacious accomplishment with just plain rollicking fun. Illustrator Jennifer Wood makes sure to imbue every page with energy in motion - 'dazzling and colorful.' -Smithsonian BookDragon
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 36 pages
  • 241 x 254 x 10.16mm | 396g
  • United States
  • English
  • 159702080X
  • 9781597020800
  • 513,769

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The Year of the Horse tells a charming story and introduces kids to Chinese culture and art. It also offers message about friendship, bravery, and accomplishment. The illustrations, again by illustrator and cartoon character designer Jennifer Wood (who's done work for Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network), are delightful and infuse The Year of the Horse with a lot of appeal and charm. Both my children love the book and keep reading it over and over again. - Marin Mommies
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About Oliver Chin

Oliver Chin has written The Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series and more than a dozen children's books. He presents at schools, libraries, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide, and teaches students how to draw and make their own comic books. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Jennifer Wood previously illustrated The Year of the Dragon. She is an animation designer at Nickelodeon. She has contributed to the shows T.U.F.F Puppy, The Fairly OddParents, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Catscratch, Strawberry Shortcake, and Tak and the Power of Juju. She lives in Los Angeles, CA. See more at
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Rating details

38 ratings
3.42 out of 5 stars
5 16% (6)
4 24% (9)
3 50% (19)
2 8% (3)
1 3% (1)
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