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The Year of the Rat (A Pacy Lin Novel, 2) Paperback – Illustrated, March 19, 2019
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Based on the author's childhood adventures, Year of the Rat, features the whimsical black and white illustrations and the hilarious and touching anecdotes that helped Year of the Dog earn rave reviews and satisfied readers.
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|Dumpling Days||Where the Mountain Meets the Moon||Starry River of the Sky||When the Sea Turned to Silver||A Big Mooncake for Little Star||Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same|
|Share Grace Lin's award-winning books with children of all ages!||Pacy is back! The beloved heroine of The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat has returned in a brand new story.||A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, this is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz and The Girl Who Drank the Moon.||An enthralling fantasy featuring marvelous full-color illustrations, fascinating characters, and new adventures.||This breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.||This stunning picture book creates a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.||Ling and Ting are twins. They have the same brown eyes. They have the same pink cheeks. They have the same happy smiles.|
A CCBC Fiction for Children Choice
"Readers of this gentle, appealing sequel will appreciate the way the engaging protagonist discovers she can survive the changes a new year brings."
"An endearing story that will touch readers."
Praise for Year of the Dog:
ALA Children's Notables list pick
Booklist Editor's Choice
Kirkus Best Early Chapter Book
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection
Gold Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards
Texas Bluebonnet Nominee
[star] "Lin does a remarkable job capturing the soul and spirit of books like those of Hayward or Maud Hart Lovelace, reimagining them through the lens of her own story, and transforming their special qualities into something new for today's young readers."
--Booklist, starred review
"For any reader who enjoys stories of friendship and family life."
"Girls everywhere, but especially those in the Asian-American community, will find much to embrace here."
"A gentle tale full of humor."
--The Horn Book
About the Author
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; New edition (March 19, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316531340
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316531344
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 730L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.63 x 7.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #117,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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The thing is, I don't know why the covers show kids who look like they're about 7. You could certainly read these aloud to 7 year olds, but it would have to be a fairly precocious 7 year old who who, if reading it themselves, would not struggle with a few words on every page. And many of the concepts, superbly presented by Grace Lin, such as prejudice, self-consciousness, self-motivation, crushes, etc., are a bit advanced for most 1st and 2nd graders. In the first book, Year of the Dog, the main characters are 11 years old, and in this book they are 2 years older, so, again, I think the cover artist blew it.
After realizing how important it is for kids to "see themselves" and read about other kids/people who are "like" them in the books, I began to look books that are highly relatable to my kids. In English books, I found those written (illustrated) by Grace Lin.
My kids (10 and 6, a girl and a boy) are only beginning to learn English, so I always read English for them to listen to and also translate for them in Mandarin for them to fully understand. My kids could totally empathize with "Pacy", the heroin, in the book. My kids also see their culture (Taiwanese) represented in the book and actually get to know it better as it is placed against the backdrop of a foreign culture and environment. They also get to imagine what it would be like growing up in a different country.
Our experience in reading Grace Lin's books is amazing.
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Whats good about the book is that she survives a whole year without melody.