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The Year of the Ox
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Written by Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Jeremiah Alcorn

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-152-4, 9.5 x 10

Chinese New Year is Friday, February 12, 2021.

"The Year of the Ox brings the richness of Chinese heritage to children of all ages."
- KTVU, Channel 2, San Francisco

2021 is the Year of the Ox! Olivia is a young ox eager to make her mark in the world. But growing up is challenging, as Olivia learns that helping sometimes is harder than it looks. But when her friend Mei gets in trouble, can Olivia rescue her adopted sister and her reputation at the same time?

Olivia's rousing quest to unearth her true nature will delight children and adults alike. Fourth in the annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, The Year of the Ox features all the charismatic animals of the Chinese lunar calendar and shows how fun it is to "have a cow!"

2021's revised edition features a bilingual translation in simplified Chinese.

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More praise for Year of the Ox

Papa "Oliver Chin's spirited storytelling and Mia Alcorn's spot on characterization and subtle palette combine to bring Olivia and Mei in The Year of the Ox into rambunctious life."
- Belle Yang, author

"The book has adorable illustrations and the storyline is a great lesson that any small person might not feel very mighty in the beginning, but if they wait long enough, their purpose will soon come clear. Stories like this always made me hopeful as a kid, and I think it's important that all children feel that they can make a difference, despite their age and size. I'm happy to see fresh illustrative style be mixed with an important, timeless message. Immedium has, once again, put out a book that is both great to look at, and important to share."
- Tokyo Bunnie

"an engaging story featuring colorful, cartoony illustrations of Olivia the Ox, a young cow eager to earn her place in the world…A wonderful story in its own right, The Year of the Ox deserves especial mention as a fun way to introduce children to the zodiac traditions of another culture."
- Midwest Book Review

"Miah Alcorn's illustrations are bright and colorful. Each character's personality reflects on each page. Oliver Chin uses Olivia's story to illustrate some of the characteristics of the ox from the Chinese zodiac. The story also teaches children (hard working and dependable) that nobody's perfect and that nobody can be good at everything. It just takes time to discover what one's talents are."
- Northwest Asian Weekly


Olivia February 12, 2021

"Olivia the Pig has got nothing on Olivia the Ox: As you're looking for an inexpensive one size fits all baby gift for all those friends of yours having kids this year, consider The Year of the Ox, written by CMP fave Oliver Chin and illustrated by Miah Alcorn, the fourth book in the wonderful Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series."
- Cool Mom Picks

"Author Oliver Chin's latest Chinese Zodiac book for kids takes off...the adorable tale of Olivia, a small calf with big pretensions, is being read in classrooms, libraries and at Lunar New Year celebrations around the Bay."
- Contra Costa Times

"Chin's keen sense of humor and Alcorn's hilarious cartoon-like illustrations will appeal to young children, through and through. Olivia's story introduces the personality attributes associated with those born in the Year of the Ox while showing, in an engaging and playful manner, that it takes determination, patience and hard work to be true to oneself."
- Paper Tigers

"Like the typical ox, Olivia is hard-working, dependable, and a little stubborn. It's a coming-of-age tale of an ox who discovers her best qualities. The illustrations are charming"
- Supah Cute

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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 740L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): K
GLE (Grade Level): 2
Interest Level: K-3
Reading Recovery Level (RRL): 18