The Year of the Tiger: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

“This bright, playful story makes the ancient tradition of the Chinese zodiac accessible to and fun for contemporary children, whatever their cultural background. Justin Roth’s illustrations reflect his roots as an animator: the cartoon-like characters are big on emotion with exaggeratedly expressive faces… All in all, The Year of the Tiger is a great way for young readers to welcome in the lunar New Year!” – Paper Tigers

“Oliver Chin has continued his entertaining stories of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac with another story that teaches both Eastern and Western values to children. Courage, friendship, and personal growth are all displayed in this story of a young tiger learning his place in the jungle and among humans.”— Warren W. Wright, Chinese American International School

Despite his parents’ warnings, a princely cub befriends a human, the girl Su. But can Teddy prove the jungle is big enough for both man and beast?

The popular series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac features all twelve animals of the new year! This is the fifth book. 2010 is the Year of the Tiger.

“I was first introduced to your books when I was working with Kidspace Museum in Pasadena, and fell in love with them. Not only as an auntie to my nephew, but as an adult myself! When I came to The Huntington, you can imagine my happiness to know that you annually contribute to our Chinese New Year family festival. I look forward to your books each year and can’t wait for the fun adventures The Year of the Tiger will take us to!” -Julianne Johnston, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

“Chin finds unique characters to expose children to hints of Asian-American culture while creating engaging and readable stories…. These stories are cute and humorous while offering a lesson learning adventure. I can’t express how much I recommend them as a classroom addition or for a home library…they would also be a great gift for expectant parents or loved ones who know their Chinese Zodiac sign.” – Teachers’ Favorite Books for Students

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3 comments to The Year of the Tiger: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

  • Anonymous

    Our students have fond memories of Author Oliver Chin’s visit and his reading of “Year of the Tiger.” They loved his story about the unusual, unbreakable friendship between a girl and tiger and how children can sometimes teach better life lessons than their elders.As mentioned in earlier reviews, this engaging story is paired perfectly with lively, colorful illustrations. It’s fun to search for all the other animals from the Chinese zodiac as well.Oliver Chin has produced another wonderful story to his Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series and we look forward to more! His books will captivate many young readers.Be sure to check out another one of our school’s favorites by this author, “Julie Blackbelt: The Kung Fu Chronicles.”

  • Anonymous

    I am a big fan of Oliver Chin’s Tales of the Zodiac series. The Year of the Tiger is the fifth in the series. I love these books– they are the perfect gifts for new moms and I have bought them all. I feel the books are a more personal gift that celebrates the year of birth of the baby interweaved with an easy introduction to the Chinese Zodiac. This is an entertaining story of Tiger and the little girl Su. The story-telling, along with the rich illustrations truly flow together to give us a cute and fun hint of what someone’s personality might be like born in the Year of the Tiger!

  • Anonymous

    Year of the Tiger was a great book to read to my students prior to our school Lunar New Year celebration. The illustrations are very appealing, kid friendly and seem to jump right off the page. The explanation of the Chinese Zodiac animals on the opening page helps to set the playful and informative tone of the story. Oliver Chin effortlessly weaves the animals of the Chinese Zodiac throughout and creates lovable characters and situations that the students can identify with. The book led to a wonderful discussion on how it is easy to make assumptions and form incorrect opinions about people you don’t know..,just as both Su and Teddy’s family did. The students pointed out that in the end, it was the kids who made the grownups see the error of their ways!My students simply could not get enough, and have since come to my library to re-read The Year of the Tiger, and to “seek and find” each Chinese Zodiac Animal tucked away within the pages. I would highly recommend this book as well as Oliver Chin’s Tales from the Chinese Zodiac books.

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