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Jade Stars (Book) Review

 
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4.5/ 5


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Very colorful with loads of cute animals for young readers to look at.

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Doesn't really go into why there is a zodiac calendar, or what it means.


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How the Chinese Zodiac Came to Be   Children love animals. It’s pretty much a universal truth, and it’s all the more true when said animals are drawn in a fashion that is both adorable and colorful. Jade Stars features just such a cast of cute and colorful animals, and your kids will love it […]

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Posted April 2, 2015 by

 
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How the Chinese Zodiac Came to Be

 

Children love animals. It’s pretty much a universal truth, and it’s all the more true when said animals are drawn in a fashion that is both adorable and colorful. Jade Stars features just such a cast of cute and colorful animals, and your kids will love it for the illustrations alone.

 

Jade Stars tells the legend of how the Chinese Zodiac calendar was formed, and it features all twelve of the animals on the calendar, as well as a bonus one for a little extra twist to the story. As the book begins, the Jade Emperor has decided to hold a race to see who can get to the castle first and receive a heavenly reward. He invites the animals to compete, with the order they finish the race determining where they will fall on the calendar.

 

Of course, the animal’s personalities will play a large part in their performance in the race. The sneaky rat begs a ride from the generous cow, then races past his benefactor to place first in the race. The kind dragon takes a little extra time to help out struggling farmers, and loses his place because of it. The sneaky snake frightens the timid horse, stealing his place in the process. And so it goes, until all twelve of the competing animals have completed the race and earned their places.

 

The Jade Emperor is pleased with all of the animals, and celebrates in their honor – but there is one animal who never even got a chance to make the calendar. The sneaky rat tricked the cat into arriving at the race on the wrong day, sparking a feud between cats and rats that continues to this day.

 

Jade Stars is a cute introduction to the idea of the zodiac calendar, and the way the animals are presented gives kids some insight into the whole idea of things like “The Year of the Rat”. It’s a sturdy, hardcover book that should stand up well to repeated readings – which your kids are likely to ask for, because the illustrations are just so cute and colorful. Older kids will enjoy the chart at the end of the book that lets them look up what sign they – and their friends, siblings, etc. – were born under. It’s a well put together book that takes a unique approach to introducing the idea to kids.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)