Learn how the clever Little Rat earned his place as one of the Chinese Zodiac Animals.
This adorable Chinese-English bilingual children's book tells the story of the Little Rat and the Grandpa—unlikely allies who embark on an adventure to find a golden seed. They encounter rough seas, fierce guards and tall mountains, but—in the end—bring home a golden rice seed and save the village from going hungry.
Illustrated with unique Chinese ink paintings, this book also includes a "cultural explanation" section. Readers can reference a chart to learn the years of the rat and read more about common characteristics of people born then. Birth years include 2008 and 2020.
About the Author
Li Jian graduated from Hebei Normal University in 2001, majoring in Chinese painting. Formerly a middle school art teacher, editor for children's books, and partner in an illustration studio, he currently owns his own illustration studio focusing on children's fairy tales.