Synopses & Reviews
"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 motionand#151;'dazzling and colorful.'"and#151;Smithsonian BookDragon
2014 is The Year of the Horse! Hannah is a foal who befriends the boy Tom. Together can they bring his art teacher's important painting to the capital faraway?
Ninth in the popular annual series, this tale features the Chinese lunar calendar's twelve animals and shows how an unbridled spirit can blaze its own trail.
Oliver Chin lives in San Francisco, California.
Artist Jennifer Wood is an animator at Nickelodeon in Burbank, California.
"As she did in The Year of the Dragon and The Year of the Snake, illustrator Jennifer Wood continues to provide the same delightfully equitable page time for all the zodiac animals, adding another engaging level of hide-and-seek for younger readers. Author Chin again introduces rollicking exploits to inspire and entertain, all the while celebrating the Asian culture that infuses our daily American lives." - BookDragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
"...each lunar year gets an energetic, giggle-inducing welcome with [the] Tales from the Chinese Zodiac... As she did in The Year of the Dragon and The Year of the Snake, illustrator Jennifer Wood continues to provide the same delightfully equitable page time for all the zodiac animals, adding another engaging level of and#145;hide-and-seekand#8217; for younger readers. Author Chin again introduces rollicking exploits to inspire and entertain, all the while celebrating the Asian culture that infuses our daily American lives." - BookDragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center blog
"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
"Start your own New Year tradition with this series by Oliver Chin.. All are cute little stories that capture the symbolic spirit of the zodiac animal featured. Integrating some of the traditional characteristics believed for those born in the year of the horse...Itand#8217;s definitely a cute addition to our Year ofand#133; collection. Also, we love the iPad app for the year of the dragon and are hoping Immedium creates some new ones for the other years too since even our iPad likes to celebrate CNY." - I Overthink Everything
"The Year of the Horse and#150; Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is about friendship, trust and working together...A fun-loving book with an excellent message of friendship and love and#150; The Year of the Horse is not only well written, its eye-popping illustrations that will engage and entertain your eager beginning reader." - The Squishable Baby
"This adorable story goes through the live a foal and a young boy, Tom. Tom and the foal, Hannah, become good friends." - Crafty Moms Share
"No wonder the Year of the Horse celebrates their derring-do. I loved the positive 'can-do' message the book conveyed, and though our kids are not going to be sent on such a mission, theyand#8217;ll enjoy the vicarious experience and understand the pride that Lao Shi and Hannahand#8217;s parents feel about the pairand#8217;s major accomplishment." - Good Reads with Ronna
"My kids both really liked the cartoon-like illustrations and it really helps that the plotting is quick and Wood's illustrations are great at conveying movement. It's so fantastic to find books related to the New Year as we celebrate it here in Japan, so I definitely recommend this to English speakers in Japan as well as other people with kids!" - Perogies and Gyoza
"Perfect Picture Book Friday: I chose this book because January 31st is the Chinese New Year, and 2014 is the Year of the Horse, and Iand#8217;ve been highlighting multicultural books this week and itand#8217;s a GREAT picture book!" - This Kid Reviews Books
"The illustrations are adorable and bright, and hidden throughout the book are the other 11 zodiac signs. This encourages children to learn the other signs and invites them to look out for them as they read...my daughter loves it. She is already asking to read more books in this series." - The Asian Reporter
2014 is the Year of the Horse! Hannah is a young, high-spirited horse who heralds the Chinese New Year.
About the Author
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 artofjwood.com.