Cat and rat the legend of the chinese zodiac

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cat and rat the legend of the chinese zodiac

Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac by Ed Young

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Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac is appropriate for pre-k to third grade students.

This book is about the zodiacs, and how the Jade Emperor chose which animals will be part of the zodiac. He has all of the animals race each other, and the winners will be included in the zodiac. This book is about the legend of how the 5,000 year old zodiac was created and incorporated into the culture.

This book is great for introducing the Chinese culture into the classroom. Many students do not know a lot about cultures that are not their own, and including this book into the classroom will help them understand the culture of others. The legend is very interesting, and a good topic to incorporate into the classroom.

This book can be used in a classroom setting as a read-aloud, which will then introduce students to Chinese culture, and the story behind zodiac. Students can learn about their own zodiac sign, and why they exist in the first place. Students can also be asked to learn more about Chinese culture through research of their own, and to write about what they learned.
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Published 13.01.2019

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Angela Hackett , Staff Writer November 28, Long ago it is said that Emperor Huangdi, the first Chinese emperor in B. The zodiac is based on Chinese astrology, and was used as a way to count years, months, days, and even hours in a calendar.
Ed Young


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In China, a long, long time ago, there live a cat and a rat.
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In Chinese zodiac history, there are many legends and mythology related to Chinese zodiac and there are various versions and stories popular in different regions. Why were there twelve animals in the zodiac calendar and how did the Chinese zodiac order form? Here are the most well-know stories, as an important part of Chinese zodiacal culture. This is the most widespread Chinese zodiac legend. The Jade Emperor The Emperor in Heaven in Chinese folklore ordered that animals would be designated as calendar signs and the twelve that arrived first would be selected.

Thank you! According to the notes at the beginning of the book, when the Chinese calendar was created, the animals ran a race, and the 12 who came in first had a year named after them. Young Little Plum, , etc. Thus, the cat and rat are forever enemies. As animal after animal crosses the finish line, the story becomes mechanical and then tedious. The illustrations--charcoal and pastels on rice paper--are very dark and among the most abstract Young has every created; they depict animals in motion predominantly their heads, with bulging eyes at the end of the race. The text is printed along the side of page, black on white.


  1. Johanna W. says:

    “In this intriguing picture book, Caldecott Medalist Young retells a Chinese folktale about the origins of the inti-revista.orgx and well-told, the story will hold .

  2. Patrick K. says:

    The first 12 animals able to cross the river, would be assigned to a year of the Chinese zodiac system in order of appearance.

  3. Renau L. says:

    Cat (zodiac) - Wikipedia

  4. Sidney D. says:

    Cat and Rat book. Read 24 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. To select the animals of the zodiac, the Jade Emperor has called for a.

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