There seem to be a couple of problems with this book. First, it doesn't state anywhere that this is a Chinese/English picture book. Unless you recognize that you're dealing with the characters of the Chinese zodiac, you could be forgiven for not knowing what language was being presented. Second, is this Mandarin or Cantonese? Or are the words for animals the same in both dialects? Third, I thought the Chinese language was a tonal one. I've heard that you need to be careful not to call your mother a horse (because while the basic sound of both words is the same, the tone is not). Tone is not addressed at all here.
The illustrations are colourful and might appeal to kids, but I don't like the style. The book's layout is nice and clear, but without addressing those issues I mentioned, I'm not sure how useful this book is going to be. (Because it's a board book, there's no room for a parents' note. That's a shame, because this book really could've used one!) I really enjoyed this board book. The artwork is bright and fun. The pronunciation guide made practicing the words easier for me. I also liked the short list of traits for each animal. I would've liked to see more Chinese characters in the book though! Each page only has one Chinese character, for naming the animal shown, so this reads more like an into to the Chinese zodiac and language rather than a "bilingual" book. Even for the young target audience, this book could've included more Chinese, such as when listing the animal's traits. I would still include the book in my classroom. 12 Lucky Animals: A Bilingual baby book by Vickie Lee. BOARD BOOK. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2018. $8. 9781250184245
BUYING ADVISORY: PREK – ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
This book goes through the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Each two page spread is a illustration of the animal with the name in English and the Chinese character, and the attributes associated with that animal. The back of the book tells which birth year goes with which animal.
This is a fun multicultural book which lends itself perfectly to a lesson on the Chinese New Year. PreK students and even K students would love to know which animal is there birth year and could color a picture and learn to say the word in Chinese. The illustrations are adorable and the pages are sturdy.
Reviewer: Stephanie MLS & Author.
https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20... The animals in the Chinese zodiac are featured here alongside characters, Chinese terms, a pronunciation guide, and a brief list of characteristics of that animal. On the back side of this board book, youngsters and their caregivers can find the years in which they were born, going all the way back to 1989 and forward to 2024. The images are cheerful and filled with color. This might be a useful book in introducing the Chinese zodiac or celebrating a particular year. When I searched online since my year was missing, I am apparently a sheep or a goat, according to my year of birth. I was very happy and grateful to have stumbled upon this book. It made me feel so happy to have the ability to be exposed to the Chinese zodiacs and learn the characteristics of the signs.
Definitely a book to expose a child to and for the child to have in their library. We are getting ready to celebrate Year of the Pig; this came in just in time! The illustrations are beautiful, and the information about the different animals makes for entertaining reading. The staff here have been talking about the different characteristics and saying that they could be used to describe pretty much anyone depending on how you look at them. We will certainly enjoy using this book for our upcoming program! Rowan really likes the pictures. Trying to pronounce the Chinese word for each animal is more my challenge than his, since he just makes the sound he thinks the animal makes. But it’s fun for us both to sit and try making sounds. Lots of cute fun to be had together. Written simply, it outlines the various animals representing the Chinese New Year. (KINDLE) ñ 12 Lucky Animals Å From The Creative Team Of Ruby's Chinese New Year, Chinese Medicine Practitioner Vickie Lee And Illustrator Joey Chou--the Visual Development Artist Of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse--present This Bilingual Baby Picture Book Introducing Chinese Characters Through The Animals Of The Chinese Zodiac.
The Adventure Loving Dragon, The Carefree Horse, And The Artistic Goat Are Just Three Of The 12 Lucky Animals To Be Found In The Chinese Zodiac, Rendered Here In Bright Illustrations. Use The Wheel On The Back Cover To Help Little Readers Discover Who Their Lucky Animal Is And How To Pronounce Its Name In Chinese And English. Very cute little CNY book for babies/toddlers.