Suzie wants to prove to everyone that snakes have what it takes! This helpful serpent’s misison to rewrite social stereotypes celebrates the new year.
Suzie is a young serpent who seeks high-flying adventure. The girl Lily befriends the snake, much to her grandparents' chagrin. However, Suzie aims to shed others' negative perceptions of snakes. Can she prove her versatility to Lily's family and the neighboring animals? And what will Suzie do when the wisest choice is to lie low? 2013 was The Year of the Snake.
When others doubt her, can Suzie show that an adaptable attitude can overcome all obstacles? Illustrating expressive characters and vibrant action, artist Jennifer Wood creates an inviting new world for readers to explore. Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is a popular annual children’s book series showcasing the twelve charming animals that embody the Chinese New Year.
Suzie’s rollercoaster ride to discover her true nature will delight children and adults alike. Kids love identifying with how each animal embarks on a unique quest to discover his or her own character: Bright and dynamic illustrations will appeal to parents, those interested in Asian culture, and, of course, lovers of serpents and dragons.
Teachers appreciate how Tales from the Chinese Zodiac is the only English series on each of the animals of the Chinese lunar calendar. Librarians like how it one of the longest-running children's book series featuring Asian American themes. Now readers everywhere can enjoy these entertaining and original tales.
“The book is gorgeously illustrated by Jennifer Wood in lush pastels... The heartwarming story about overcoming misconceptions resounds in any culture.. Despite the scales and fangs, Suzie is a snake with a heart of gold.”
Oliver Chin has written the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, Welcome to Monster Isle, Julie Black Belt, Timmy and Tammy’s Train of Thought, The Adventures of WonderBaby, and other books. Called an expert in Pacific Rim pop culture” by the San Jose Mercury News, he and his family lives in San Francisco, CA.
Jennifer Wood illustrated children’s books The Year of the Dragon, Snake, and Horse. She is a character and prop designer for many animated TV series for studios such as Warner Bros. (Animaniacs), Nickelodeon (Pig Goat Banana Cricket), Netflix (Oddballs) and Cartoon Network (The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack). Her illustrations have earned recognition from the Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Los Angeles, CA. Visit www.artofjwood.com..
"The latest two offerings in Oliver Chin's series of Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, this year's The Year of the Snake and last year's The Year of the Dragon are welcome additions to this imaginative menagerie of endearing characters, whose stories embody the chief characteristics of each animal of the Chinese Zodiac in turn." - Paper Tigers
"The symbolic nature of the snake being wise and intelligent and good at making things turn out just the way it wants in business and otherwise quietly shines through in this book in a friendly and fun sort of way. There are subtle themes of looking past prejudice to one’s true nature that you can point out if you wish–or just let your kids enjoy the silly illustrations and tuck ‘em in." - I Overthink Everything
“Illustrator Jennifer Wood makes sure to imbue every page with energy in motion – ‘dazzling and colorful’ ... Part cultural exploration, part goofy adventure, part morality tale, and just a wee bit of sort-of-hidden snark for parents to giggle over, Chin’s latest title is also an adorable reminder to get out in the world and enjoy this “sensational Year of the Snake.” - BookDragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
"In The Year of the Snake, Chin has managed to weave an adventurous story of friendship and acceptance into an important cultural lesson about the Chinese Zodiac... As a Teacher Librarian, I am continually searching for books that have a positive message as well as captivating illustrations, and The Year of the Snake is just that! - Julie Griffin, Palo Alto Unified School District, CA