Children can learn animal names in both English and Chinese with this beautifully illustrated book!
A tiger pounces across the sky.
A ladybug takes flight from a leaf.
Animal names and their significance in Chinese culture is beautifully explored for young readers in this stunning book. Simple bilingual text helps teach children animal names in both English and Chinese, and little ones will learn that butterflies are a sign of love, bees signify hard work, and more through the very simple and accessible backmatter. Paired with Rich Lo's vibrant digital watercolors, this simple and practical introduction to Chinese animal names and symbolism is irresistible.
A CCBC Choice
Rich Lo has been drawing and painting since he was a child. When he was seven years old, Rich and his family immigrated to the United States from Canton, China, and settled in Chicago's Chinatown. An accomplished illustrator and fine artist, Rich is the author-illustrator of Chinese New Year Colors and the illustrator of Mountain Chef, which won the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council of Social Studies, and Father's Chinese Opera, which was an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book.
"Lo brings his characteristic watercolor washes to this bilingual English-Chinese picture book about animal-shaped kites. . . . this is a visually rich guide to animals and an introduction to a contemporary festival."—Publishers Weekly
"A stunning introduction and window into animal names and symbolism in Chinese culture."—Booklist
"Vibrant and striking images and a simple but engaging text make this one a strong story time choice for the youngest audiences, with opportunities for further conversations and explorations"—School Library Journal
"The layered paper-cut kites are vibrantly colored. There is a palpable depth and dimension to both the kites and the sky, rendered in digital watercolors. . . . the figurative language invites us to pause and ponder the layers of meaning. . . . A simple, atmospheric introduction to Chinese animal names."—Kirkus Reviews
The digital watercolor art is particularly effective; each pictured kite is "built" with layers of color that mimic the three-dimensional structure of an actual kite."—The Horn Book