What the Rat Told Me

One day, the Great Emperor of Heaven invited all the animals to visit him on the Jade Mountain. Twelve animals came, and they became the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac. This porquoi tale explains why the cat is not part of the zodia and why the cat and rat are no longer friends. This ancient porquoi tale is adapted from a Chinese Buddhist legend dating from the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) introduces the Chinese zodiac and the animals of the Chinese zodiac to young readers.

2 thoughts on “What the Rat Told Me

  1. cheri anderson says:

    The decision by the illustrator to not include the entire
    illustration on some pages and have these illustrations bleed off the
    page provides a field of action that seems to include the reader in
    sharing that page space. Large, bold linoleum prints with a strong
    rhythmic design are featured on the double page spreads of each
    stylized depiction of the animals. The elegant calligraphy depicting
    each animal coupled with the linoleum prints of each zodiac symbol
    lend authenticity to the visual images.

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