Rabbit and his Zodiac Friends by Melissa Keil
Published by Black Dog Books
In Rabbit and his Zodiac Friends, author Melissa Keil uses a simple narrative about making friends as a vehicle for introducing the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. In the story the animals are drawn together by music and illustrator Jedda Robaard’s images, which are whimsically soft and adorable, portray each one with an appropriate musical instrument. The mischievous and honest monkey, for example, plays the cymbals, while the wise and diplomatic snake plays the harp.
Rabbit and his Zodiac Friends acknowledges the multicultural face of contemporary Australian society, and would be especially pertinent for early childhood audiences/readers in the context of Chinese New Year celebrations.
Rabbit and his Zodiac Friends includes a guide to the Chinese Zodiac with a thumbnail sketch of the attributes associated with each.
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Author: Melissa Keil
Illustrator: Jedda Robaard
Title: Rabbit and his Zodiac Friends
Publisher: Black Dog Books
Published: January 2015