Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Great Race

The Great Race

Written by: Dawn Casey
Illustrated by: Anne Wilson

Elementary Grades

"The Jade Emperor is concerned because his country does not have a calendar, and no one can tell one year from the next. He decides to hold a race across a great river, and the order in which the animals finish will determine the order of the years. The event is exciting as the creatures maneuver for position, only to be bested in the end by the clever Rat. In this retelling of the ancient legend, Casey maintains the pace well. Back matter includes information about the Chinese calendar in general, as well as the more specific Dragon Boat Festival and Moon Festival."

School Library Journal Review

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