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The dragon's tale and other animal fables of the Chinese zodiac

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The illustrations were fabulous - one can tell the Demi is a fan of higher mathematics. I don't know, though, that the fables were especially Chinese - nor how valuable the lessons of them are. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I liked this book very much. First, I liked how this book was comprised of 12 different stories, each centering around an animal of the Chinese Zodiac. This structure was appealing because it allowed me to get an in depth understanding of each zodiac animal in the span of one picture book It definitely kept my attention.

I also liked how the author/illustrator tied all the stories together using both a short moral at the end of each text, and images of constellations. For example, in the Tiger's Tale, the author write at the end of the text: "Small creatures must live by their wits." On the opposite page, the illustrator drew many different tigers made out of constellations. These text features were present on every page in the book and made the book extremely cohesive.

The big picture of this book is that animals can teach us how to live meaningful lives. ( )
  ElanaRubinstein | Apr 11, 2016 |
The Dragon’s Tale is a collection of folktales based on Chinese folktales about the Chinese zodiac signs. I liked this story because I find Chinese folktales interesting. One thing I liked about the story was the illustrations. The illustrations had very unique designs on every page and they correlated to the story on each page. For example, The Rabbit’s Tale had a lot of animals running in it, so the illustration was a lot of animals running. Another thing I liked about the story was that is had the moral of the story at the bottom of the page very clearly. For example, on the bottom of A Rabbit’s Tale the moral was, “if someone tells a falsehood, one hundred will repeat is as true” and the moral for The Snake’s Tale was, “beware of judging by appearance.” The stories themselves clearly had a meaning but it was insightful to have what the intended moral was written at the bottom. The main purpose of this book was to inform readers of tales of the Chinese zodiac, while also giving morals in each story for people to think about. ( )
  MManzo2 | Apr 20, 2015 |
Fun to read, good lessons, and mixed with a little of the Chinese culture. The way the lessons were portrayed is a good way for kids to hear about right and wrong choices and their consequences.
  MaryAnnBurton | Jun 1, 2011 |
This story is about a group of monkeys who think that the moon has fallen into a nearby well that they are playing by. The monkeys create a chain with their tails and the smallest monkey climbs down to retrieve the moon from the well. The smallest monkey grabs for the moon, but in touching the water he thinks that the moon is broken. The water calms and the monkey tries again, but fails to collect the moon. The smallest monkey peers up into the sky and sees the moon, rejoicing that there is a new moon in the sky. This book is a collection of stories about Chinese animals. Each animal teaches an individual lesson. I chose to focus on the monkey's tale. The story includes a group of monkeys. The monkeys are ignorant and do not know that water can create a reflection of an object. The moral of the story is that “ignorance is bliss.” The monkeys do not know that the cycle of the moons is really much more complicated that the old moon replacing the new moon. The monkeys also do not know that the moon really cannot fall out of the sky. The illustrations are simple in this story. The circles present throughout the book are appropriate for the celestial zodiac. The illustrations for the particular story about the Monkey's Tale are appropriate and reflect the ideas in the story. One does not learn from the pictures, but the picture do help to poetry what the story is about. The culture is not evidently portrayed through the illustrations. This would be an excellent book to teach about the Chinese zodiac. ( )
  LisaBohman | Apr 5, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805034463, Hardcover)

A clever fox shows how small creatures must live by their wits.

A boastful boar learns the hard way that pride invites calamity.

A wise dragon teaches that the more you know, the more you know there is to know.

Each of the fables in this collection about the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac contains a jewel of wisdom: while readers enjoy the amusing stories, they can ponder a universal truth.

With playful, richly colored illustrations, these tales are like fortune cookies: sweet treats with meaningful messages.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:22 -0400)

A collection of fables about the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.

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