Suggested Book – “Cat and Rat” by Ed Young

My kids love to hear about the twelve animals associated with the Chinese Zodiac. They will inquire about which animal they are, I am, and all their relatives and friends. By the way, I am a monkey.

"Cat and Rat" by Ed Young

Most recently, my daughter’s second grade teacher asked me to come into her class to teach her students a bit about China, Chinese New Year, and the Chinese zodiac. I selected a few books to read to the class. One book I read is a favorite and really got the kids involved in the story. This book is “Cat and Rat” by Ed Young.

The story takes you through a race among the animals during ancient, Chinese mythological times. The winners of the race made it onto the Chinese (zodiac) calendar. Only twelve spots were open. It’s a fun story to engage the kids.

Before reading the book, I went through the list of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals in order:

  • Rat
  • Ox / Cow
  • Tiger
  • Dragon
  • Rabbit
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Goat
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig

While I read the book, the children remembered the animals and had fun guessing which animal would cross the finish line next in the race to be on the Chinese calendar.

If you would like to learn more about the book or purchase it, please click on this Amazon link. As an Amazon Associate I will receive a small percentage of the book sale…Xìe xìe! 谢谢 Thanks!


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