The Rooster's Antlers by Eric A. Kimmel
A Story of the Chinese Zodiac

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Relates how the Jade Emperor chose twelve animals to represent the years in his calendar. Also discusses the Chinese calendar, zodiac, the qualities associated with each animal, and what animal rules the year in which the reader was born.

About Eric A. Kimmel

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Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois. He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award. Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories. Xuan is also a native of China and now lives in Michigan. He has illustrated a number of books for children. He was educated in the Central Arts and Crafts University of Beijing, China.
Published September 1, 1999 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Generous Rooster, certain he will be chosen with or without antlers, lends them to Dragon for “as long as he needs them.” Rooster stews when the Jade Emperor selects him tenth, for the dragon was chosen fifth, surely because of his headwear.

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Centipede, on behalf of Dragon, asks Rooster to lend his antlers to Dragon, who thinks that they will detract attention away from his bald spot.

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