Animals in the Stars: Chinese Astrology for Children

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By Gregory Crawford

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Gregory Crawford

Gregory Crawford
Gregory Crawford has been a professional artist for 37 years. His work has appeared in advertising and film and on TV, and he is the illustrator of Tai Chi for Kids. He lives in Gaysville, Vermont.



Lavishly illustrated guide to Chinese Astrology for children ages 8-12.

• Illustrations and text describe the characteristics of each of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and of those born under each sign.

• Each animal is accompanied by a traditional Chinese folktale.

• Offers a brief overview of Chinese astrology and the history of the Chinese zodiac.

Anyone who has ever taken children to a Chinese restaurant and watched them read the paper placemat with fascination knows that children (and adults) love the playfulness and self-reflection of Chinese astrology. Now children can learn about the unique character traits and legends that make up the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, as well as experience a deeper appreciation for the cultural traditions behind Chinese astrology. 

Beautifully illustrated with lifelike animals that jump off the page, Animals in the Stars provides an informative and playful tool for self-exploration using this ancient tradition. The human personality traits of the 12 animals--both good and bad--are described in detail along with explanations of the significance of being born in the "year of" that particular animal. Each animal description is also accompanied by a traditional Chinese folktale further personifying the unique qualities and characteristics of that animal. Youngsters can enjoy these magical teaching tales while learning their "sign" as well as those of family members and friends. This wonderful introduction to the foundations of Chinese astrology is a perfect resource for the child seeking to know more about Chinese culture, zodiac animal characteristics, relationship dynamics, or esoteric traditions, as well as those seeking the simple fun inherent in the combination of astrology and animals.

"A delightful compilation that is a strongly recommended introductory overview for children to the basic principles of Chinese astrology."
The Children's Bookwatch, December 2002

"Although the recommended ages are for children eight and up, almost anyone might enjoy reading about the Chinese legends."
Chris Lorenz, Dell Magazines