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The Year of the Snake
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Written by Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Jennifer Wood

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-038-1, 9.5 x 10

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

2013 is the Year of the Snake! Suzie is a young serpent who wants to see all the colorful world has to offer. But will others, who don't take kindly to her kind, get in her way?

Suzie befriends the girl Lily and they discover what a snake is really good for! But will Suzie realize that sometimes discretion is the better part of valor?

The Year of the Snake is the eighth in the annual series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac.

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More praise for Year of the Snake

"Humor, adventure and tradition come together for another fun installment in Oliver Chin’s Chinese Zodiac series. Don’t be scared off by the scales and fangs. Suzie is one snake you’ll wish you had around!" - Michelle Loomis, San Mateo County Library, CA

"The heartwarming story about overcoming misconceptions resounds in any culture. It also doesn't hurt that the heroine is playful and enjoys being a little girl's jump rope. Despite the scales and fangs, Suzie is a snake with a heart of gold."
- Sampan

"The symbolic nature of the snake being wise and intelligent and good at making things turn out just the way it wants in business and otherwise quietly shines through in this book in a friendly and fun sort of way. There are subtle themes of looking past prejudice to one's true nature that you can point out if you wish - or just let your kids enjoy the silly illustrations and tuck 'em in."
- I Overthink Everything


Bo February 10, 2013

"Each [Tale from the Chinese Zodiac] combines a sense of tenacious accomplishment with just plain rollicking fun. Illustrator Jennifer Wood makes sure to imbue every page with energy in motion - "dazzling and colorful"... Chin's latest title is also an adorable reminder to get out in the world and enjoy this 'sensational Year of the Snake.'"
- Smithsonian BookDragon

"Children will delight in all the ingenious ways Suzie helps out - and it can be no accident that Chin has created a story that resonates with "s" sounds, just perfect for reading this snake story aloud."
- Paper Tigers

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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 680L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): K
GLE (Grade Level): 2
Interest Level: K-3
Reading Recovery Level (RRL): 18