Hit Spring Ox is one of the titles in the Snowflake Books series: Animal Signs. Quoted from ancient Chinese legends, all built around the legendary animal race, these stories are known and loved by all Chinese children. Thus, the books provide an informal and accessible way to introduce western children to an important aspect of Chinese life and culture at home, and introduce diversity studies into education.
Each book tells the story of one of the animals of Chinese zodiac signs, which are also used as names of years in the Chinese calendar. At the Hot Springs Oaks, the Bull enters the legendary race of animals and seems to be very likely to win, but it gently gives a mouse lift that deceived him to second place.
Taurus, however, is good and forgiving good. The jade emperor, the legendary ruler of heaven, honors the bull with its own star in the sky.
The bull is pitying the humans on earth who are always hungry and do not know how to properly plant food, while rice is reserved only for the sky as "the food of the gods." The emperor's disobedience, and the bull shows humans how they plow and plant rice. When God sends rain to pull the bull to heaven, the bull makes the supreme sacrifice in his life to give rice and young bulls to people on earth.
As with all traditional Chinese animal stories, its misleading simplicity is a means of displaying the richness and diversity of personality and human feeling; Chinese believe that the animal's age of the person's birth affects the personality; the animals in these legends are somewhat exposed to their own special zodiac signs, in this case sympathy and kindness The quiet courage of a just cause. Myth can also be considered as a popular memory to move from the fishing community to a farming community, and the bulls of the patient are still plowing rice fields in China.
This is a completely new version of the old legend, which has been rewritten. In simple English, suitable for reading, for young children, or by older children who learn Mandarin.
Full bilingual text with encoded key words and Mandarin English vocabulary. The parallel text in Pinyin, using the Roman alphabet, allows readers to pronounce Chinese characters.
Buying a book allows access to a mobile e-book with audio in English and / or Chinese. High production quality, with good quality of paper and color, full original colorful illustrations by Chinese artists in each page and traditional binding..
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