cover image 12 Lucky Animals: A Bilingual Baby Book

12 Lucky Animals: A Bilingual Baby Book

Vickie Lee, illus. by Joey Chou. Holt, $7.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-250-18424-5

Lee introduces and identifies the traits of the 12 animals of the zodiac in English and Chinese, while Chou, an animator, depicts each animal in a charming graphic style. The tiger, colorfully rendered in dark salmon tones, is “brave, determined, a creative thinker, loves freedom,” while the monkey—pictured floating paper boats from a tree branch sloping over blue water—is “confident, careful, interesting, good with their hands.” Readers can personalize the reading experience, too—the zodiac chart on the back cover reveals whether one is “a good listener” like the goat or “caring” like the pig. Ages up to 4. [em](Dec.) [/em]