No Year of the Cat by Mary Dodson Wade

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The Emperor has a problem. He wants his people to remember the year in which his son was born. But there is no way to keep track of the years. So the Emperor devises a race in which animals will cross a river. The first twelve animals to reach the opposite side will have a year named after them. Thus, the people will be able to remember the years and the events that occurred. And so the race is set. Rat, knowing he is no match for the rushing water, schemes with Cat on how to cross the river. Together the two convince Ox to carry them across. But halfway across the river, Rat shows his true colors. Will Cat make it to the other side? Which animals will have a year named after them? Accompanied by exquisite watercolor artwork, this charming story explains the origins of the Chinese calendar.

About Mary Dodson Wade

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Mary Dodson Wade, a former educator and librarian, is the author of more than fifty books for children, including Christopher Columbus, Cinco de Mayo, I Am Houston, I'm Going to Texas/Yo Voy a Tejas, President s Day, C.S. Lewis: The Chronicler of Narnia and Joan Lowery Nixon: Masterful Mystery Writer. She and her husband live in Houston, Texas, and enjoy traveling. Mary has been selected to present her work at the Texas Librarians Association meeting. NICOLE WONG's illustrations have appeared in magazines and in children's educational and trade books. Wong was drawn to the story in Only One Year because it presented a Chinese American experience that was different from her own.
Published June 1, 2013 by Sleeping Bear Press. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Both pictures and text offer enough variety to overcome the potential dullness of the repetitive aspects of the tale.

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"No Year of the Cat" by Mary Dodson Wade and illustrated by Nicole Wong is a lovely retelling of a Chinese folktale explaining why the Chinese calendar features the animals it does -- and no cat.

Feb 04 2013 | Read Full Review of No Year of the Cat

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