This sheep is super!
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The Year of the Sheep
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac
$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."
"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