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Chin, Oliver.
THE YEAR OF THE TIGER
New York : Immedium, 2010
IL K-3, RL 2.6
ISBN 1597020206
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This book provides an excellent introduction to the ancient Chinese tradition of each year being named after an animal and those born in that year having the qualities of that animal.  2010 is the Year of the Tiger and the qualities are being proud, bold and courageous.
Teddy is a tiger cub prince who befriends (against his parents†wishes) a human named Su.  Su has all the qualities of a tiger which is why the two are attracted to each other.   Because their parents discourage their friendship, the two run away into the jungle to discover for themselves how to be friends.  The question in the story is whether the Tiger characteristics of the main characteristics will be enough to overcome the prejudices of the two families and show that humans and tigers can get along.
Excellently written and containing charming and playful illustrations, the book is an excellent introduction to the ancient tradition of Chinese New Year in a contemporary fashion.  (Julianne Wollmer. jfrost@mvusd.k12.ca.us, teacher)
SUBJECTS:     Tigers -- Fiction.
                        Animals -- Infancy -- Fiction.
                        Astrology, Chinese -- Fiction.

 
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