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The Year of the Sheep
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Written by Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Alina Chau

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-104-3, 9.5 x 10

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

2015 is The Year of the Sheep! Sydney is a lamb who learns the lay of the land from her parents and that is important to fit in with the flock!

Sydney befriends the shepherd girl Zhi and together they learn what kind of character a sheep possesses! But how can Sydney uniquely help when trouble arises?

The Year of the Sheep is the tenth in the annual series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac.

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Praise for Year of the Sheep

"The Year of the Sheep is another engaging and welcome addition to the Chinese Zodiac series. Filled with cheerful illustrations that children will surely adore, this touching story of teamwork and compassion shows how friends work and grow together while helping others."
—Wendy Dere, Librarian, San Francisco Unified School District

"In this tenth title in the Tales of the Chinese Zodiac series, Chin and Chau introduce Sydney, a baby sheep with enormous blue eyes, cottony swirls of wool, and a strong desire to 'explore off the beaten path.' ...Working in watercolor, Chau creates a dewy-eyed, playfully caricatured cast of animals and humans that should hold readers' interest"
- Publishers Weekly

"Tales of the Chinese Zodiac delight the eyes and heart. His tenth tale, The Year of the Sheep, is no exception, with beautiful artwork and an inspirational message...Illustrator Alina Chau's watercolor paintings are lush, incorporating traditional elements with a whimsical twist...Chin showcases Asian culture in an inviting and sweet way. Chau's delicate brushwork complements his ethos, with a zany look. The Year of the Sheep will certainly induce giggles for its joyful message of friendship."
- Sampan

"For the first time, Chau illustrates for this series, and she is a good fit. Some brush strokes and scenes are reminiscent of Chinese brush painting, and little surprises, such as a resting tiger counting sheep in Chinese, add mysticism and charm. The Year of the Sheep is cause for celebration, especially for fans of the series."
- Kirkus Reviews

"With themes that include cooperation, friendship, creativity and even a dose of engineering, this delightful picture book is an excellent choice to share with young children. The soft watercolor illustrations by Alina Chau are a perfect fit for the story. My favorite picture is towards the end of the story where the tiger is taking a 'well-deserved rest' and is counting sheep with numbers written on their wool in Chinese."
- Baltimore County Public Library


Zhi February 19, 2015

"The Year of the Sheep...is our recommended picture book read for the 15 day Chinese New Year festival. Combined with Chau's stylized illustrations in a rainbow of colors, the prose in The Year of the Sheep demonstrates the personality of one particular little lamb Sydney, the story's main character......Parents will enjoy sharing this picture book about the rewards of being a team player."
- Good Reads with Ronna

"2015's Year of the Sheep... is a wonderful addition to any baby's library. The best part is that you can pull it out and enjoy it for years, even when she's old enough to read it herself. Sniffle."
- Cool Mom Picks

"The Year of the Sheep...introduces a sheep named Sydney who demonstrates the valuable characteristics of those born under this sign: kindness, cooperation, and creativity."
- Omnivoracious, The Amazon Book Review

"One of my favourite children's books for Chinese New Year"
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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 690L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): L
GLE (Grade Level): 2
Interest Level: K-3
Reading Recovery Level (RRL): 19