Synopses & Reviews
The Year of the Dragon is on the San Francisco Public Library/SF Unified School District summer 2013 reading list, distributed to all K-5 public school students and recommended at all SFPL branches for their summer reading program.
"The Year of the Dragon, written by Oliver Chin and wonderfully illustrated by Jennifer Wood, is the perfect book to teach teamwork, critical thinking, and friendship." - Tokyo Bunnie
"Recommended...The acrylic drawings are bright and enticing. The illustrator also cleverly includes all the other animals of the Chinese zodiac in her drawingsand#151;fun for the reader to locate them. This is a great lesson in perseverance and working together as a team to achieve a common goal." and#150; Library Media Connection
2012 was the year of the dragon! Dominic's parents advise the kingdom's Emperor and have high expectations for this high-flying dragon. However, when the boy Bo and the other zodiac animals want to learn paddle boat racing, will Dom sink or swim with them? Find out in the seventh book in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series.
This latest adventure in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac follows the Rabbit (2011), Tiger (2010), Ox (2009), Rat (2008), Pig (2007) and Dog (2006). Each book features a unique cast of a dozen creatures. In the Chinese lunar calendar, every year is represented by a special animal, who symbolizes special qualities and whose personality people identify with.
"If youand#8217;re looking for a way to further celebrate and explore the New Year, try finding books for your kids. A great kidsand#8217; book to help teach your kids about the lunar New Year is The Year of the Dragon Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. The story about Dominic and Bo is definitely one you will read to your kids year round." and#150; QueensMamas.com
"a playful spin on the characteristics of a traditional Chinese zodiac animal. It is, in fact, utterly unconventional and that's probably why my girls like it so much." - Frog Mom
"The Year of the Dragon is a charming story with themes familiar to many children's books. The underlying message is one of cooperation, friendship, imagination and perseverance. These are by no means unique lessons in children's literature, but Jennifer Wood's whimsical illustrations set the story apart from the rest....You and your child will enjoy this charming story, and I am sure you will be looking for the other Zodiac animal books. The subject matter is not just entertaining, but is informs children about an important aspect of Asian culture. What better way to learn something new than by having fun while doing so?" and#150; suite101
"Selecting some elements of Chinese culture, such as the Dragon Boat races that still take place today, the dragon's power over water, the dragon's legendary features as an amalgam of elements from the other real Zodiac animals and the pearl, a symbol of prosperity awarded at the end of the race, [Oliver
weaves an original tale."andmdash;Kirkus Reviews
2012 is the Year of the Dragon! How to Train Your Dragon meets the Chinese New Year.
Favorite Chinese New Year Books for Kids”China Sprout
A tale of friendship, bravery, and why sometimes it's good to be just a little different, Rosie [Year of the Rabbit] will hop her way right into your heart.”Tokyo Bunnie
2011 is the year of the dragon! Dominic's parents advise the kingdom's Emperor and have high expectations for this high-flying dragon. However, when the boy Bo and the other zodiac animals want to learn paddle boat racing, will Dom sink or swim with them? Find out in the seventh book in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series.
Jennifer Wood is an animation designer for the TV series T.U.F.F. Puppy on Nickelodeon. She contributed to the shows The Fairly OddParents, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Catscratch, Strawberry Shortcake, and Tak and the Power of Juju. She lives in Los Angeles, California. See more at artofjwood.com.
and#147;This bright and playful story makes the ancient tradition of the Chinese zodiac accessible to children everywhere... Kids will also have fun spotting all of the animals from the Chinese zodiac hiding in the pages of the book.and#8221;and#151; Paper Tigers
The amusing tales of your favorite animals continue in The Year of the Dragon! Dominicand#8217;s proud parents have high expectations for their son. But when Domand#8217;s friends want to paddle a boat in the villageand#8217;s annual river race, their elders disapprove. Now whose side will this dragon choose?
Domand#8217;s adventure to discover his unique qualities will delight kids of all ages. Seventh in the annual Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, The Year of the Dragon shows all the charming characters of the Chinese lunar calendar and how a fiery spirit can light the way.
and#147;The latest installment of the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series is an exuberant adventure. Dom the dragon is a kind and fearless hero who will definitely be a hit with kids and parents alike. The appealing illustrations really complement the exciting and fun story!and#8221; and#151;Karen Choy, San Mateo County Library
"Each title in this wonderful picture book series delightfully shows the qualities associated with each year...The understanding the dragon gets when it find out that just because you look different does not mean you are actually different is as sweet as it is fun. This is a book for all ages." and#151;Northshire Bookstore Blog
"The Year of the Dragon does a great job introducing kids to the dragons of Chinese lore, and offers a gentle tale of friendship, teamwork, bravery, and acceptance. The illustrations...are colorful and dynamic and add a lot of appeal for both kids and grownups. The Year of the Dragon is highly recommended for Chinese New Year, or any time at all, for that matter." and#151;Marin Mommies
About the Author
Oliver Chin has written the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
series, Welcome to Monster Isle
, Julie Black Belt
, Timmy and Tammyand#8217;s Train of Thought
, The Adventures of WonderBaby
, and other books. Called and#147;an expert in Pacific Rim pop cultureand#8221; by the San Jose Mercury News
, he and his family lives in San Francisco, CA.
Jennifer Wood Wood is illustrating The Year of the Snake and 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 artofjwood.com.