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The Year of the Horse
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Written by Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Jennifer Wood

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-080-0, 9.5 x 10

"a storybook ideal for launching the lunar year"
- Books, Inc., San Francisco, CA.

2014 is The Year of the Horse! Hannah is a young horse who admires what her parents and relatives do. But what does the future have in store for her?

Hannah befriends the boy Tom and together they learn what kind of character a horse possesses! But will Hannah have the chance to prove herself when others can't step up?

The Year of the Horse is the ninth in the annual series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac.

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More praise for Year of the Horse

"Another heroine emerges in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series! Hannah the horse and Tom set off on an adventure that will have the reader galloping to the very end. The cast of lively characters in The Year of the Horse come to life through rich dialogue and vibrant illustrations in another crowd pleaser. As with all the Oliver Chin books in my library, this one will be sure to fly off the shelf."
- Karen Lee, Librarian, San Francisco

"Perfect Picture Book Friday: I chose this book because January 31st is the Chinese New Year, and 2014 is the Year of the Horse, and I've been highlighting multicultural books this week and it's a GREAT picture book!... This is a great story with great illustrations! ... The illustrations are bright and the characters are cute... There is a page in the front of the book that tells you about the Chinese Zodiac and a page in the back of the book that says what it means if you are born in the year of the horse. I love it when books have their own resources built in!"
- This Kid Reviews Books

"The illustrations are adorable and bright, and hidden throughout the book are the other 11 zodiac signs. This encourages children to learn the other signs and invites them to look out for them as they read...my daughter loves it. She is already asking to read more books in this series."
- The Asian Reporter


Tom January 31, 2014

"The Year of the Horse tells a charming story and introduces kids to Chinese culture and art. It also offers message about friendship, bravery, and accomplishment. [Jennifer Wood's illustrations] are delightful and infuse The Year of the Horse with a lot of appeal and charm. Both my children love the book and keep reading it over and over again."
- Marin Mommies

"No wonder the Year of the Horse celebrates their derring-do. I loved the positive 'can-do' message the book conveyed, and though our kids are not going to be sent on such a mission, they'll enjoy the vicarious experience and understand the pride that Lao Shi and Hannah's parents feel about the pair's major accomplishment."
- Good Reads with Ronna

"The bright illustrations reflect the illustrator Jennifer Wood's animation background and highlight the Chinese landscape, wildlife and architecture."
- Sampan

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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 720L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): K
GLE (Grade Level): 2
Interest Level: K-3
Reading Recovery Level (RRL): 18