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The Year of the Rooster: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Hardcover – December 27, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In the 12th and final installment of the series, Chin introduces Ray, a young rooster excited to learn about the world around him. After a neighboring pig sees a phoenix, Ray and his human friend Ying embark on a quest to find the fabled bird. Along the way, they meet all the other animals of the zodiac, who point them in the right direction. Even after they return home, their successful journey always reminds Ray to "fly high and dig deep." With bright, bold illustrations and text in English and simplified Chinese characters, readers will enjoy Ray's infectious, can-do spirit and optimism. His growing confidence is conveyed as his occasional "cock-a-doodle-doos" get louder until a bold one greets the phoenix. VERDICT Meeting all of the zodiac animals makes a fitting end to the series, but this volume still stands on its own. Like previous installments, this offers a fun take on the lunar year's animal in a story that works year-round.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VA
"So while The Year of the Rooster marks the end of an era, it also satisfyingly brings the cycle of the Zodiac fill circle. There will be those who have scooped up the books as they emerged each year: but the good news is that it really doesn’t matter when you discover these fun stories they are extra special in their own year of the Chinese cycle or when their particular animal is significant, but young children can now enjoy all twelve stories, all year round...The Year of the Rooster is a fun, feel-good story that is sure to set young children crowing for more " - Mirrors, Windows, Doors
"A number of years ago I stumbled upon a series of children’s books, subtitled Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. There was a book for the Chinese New Year, and I eagerly bought the one for the Year of the Snake, glad to find something to help my then 3 year old daughter appreciate the coming Chinese New Year. Fast forward to 2017 and the last of the series has come out, to celebrate the Year of the Rooster, a full dozen years after my own daughter was born in the last year of the Rooster, 2005. With a complete set of 12 published, you can now find a children’s book for every year/sign in the Chinese Zodiac." - 8Asians
"The book was enjoyable to read and fun to talk about. Not only do we find out more about the animals of the lunar zodiac, but we learn, along with Ray and Ying, the value of persistence, hard work, and following your dreams a plus for parents!... My daughter had me read the book twice in a row, which indicates her approval... And if you enjoy reading The Year of the Rooster: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, there are eleven others in the series to explore. Children will especially love to read about the animal of their particular birth year." - The Asian Reporter
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However, I was searching for Mr. Chin's latest book and saw it was on Amazon. I then saw it had yet to be reviewed.
For the past several years it's a birthday tradition of ours to go celebrate Chinese New Year's at the SFS then just go hangout and stay at a fancy hotel afterwards.
Last year we had a conflict and could not make it. My daughter was pretty bummed, because the highlight of the entire event for her is getting Mr. Chin's book (personally signed).
Pleasant, professional, humble, and kind, Mr. Chin's books are beautiful in both their animation and storytelling. I found out who wrote the books, Oliver Chin, and emailed him.
Oliver immediately replied, gave me very easy instructions, and mailed the book to us (with an awesome animation autograph included0 I paid by check and I believe the book arrive before my check. By no means am I encouraging anyone to try to take advantage of the man, but he is a great animator & storyteller, but even greater man.