The Great Race

By Ling Lee, Eric Lee, Rachel Foo (illustrator)

Book cover of The Great Race: Story of the Chinese Zodiac

Book description

Celebrate Chinese New Year and learn how every animal earned its place in the Chinese zodiac by taking part in the Great Race! Discover who will come first to win the ultimate prize, and find out why Cat will never forgive his friend Rat in this ancient folk tale that…

Shepherd is reader supported. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our website. (learn more)

Why read it?

1 author picked The Great Race as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

The traditional origin story of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac is retold in this colorful book for children aged 3 to 6. Long ago, the Jade Emperor announced a swimming race and invited all the animals in the kingdom to participate. The first twelve across the river would have a year of the zodiac named after them. Apart from the lovely illustrations, what I really like about this book is the inclusion of not only the English text but also the Chinese translation and Pinyin to help children pronounce the Chinese characters (either simplified or traditional, depending on…

From Jillian's list on Chinese New Year.

Want books like The Great Race?

Our community of 6,000+ authors has personally recommended 10 books like The Great Race.

Browse books like The Great Race

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Chinese New Year, China, and Christmas?

6,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Chinese New Year, China, and Christmas.

Chinese New Year Explore 5 books about Chinese New Year
China Explore 416 books about China
Christmas Explore 124 books about Christmas