'The Jade Emperor has declared a great race: the first animals to cross the river will win a place in the Chinese Zodiac. Thirteen animals line up along the shore, but there are only twelve places to be won. Who will miss out?' (Source: Trove)
This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it is set in China, with Chinese cultural references. It has also been translated into Chinese.
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'Thirteen animals line up along the shore. But there are only twelve places to be won. Who will miss out? One of China's favourite fables is brought to life through an intercultural arts experience for inquisitive young minds.
Follow the story of the Jade Emperor, ruler of heaven and earth, who has proclaimed a great race: the first twelve animals to cross the river will win their place on the Chinese Zodiac. Find out who wins, who misses out and which animal of the Chinese Zodiac you are.
Gabrielle Wang's picture book is transformed into a multifaceted theatre production incorporating animation, storytelling and an original Chinese score played on traditional Chinese instruments and performed live by the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble. Don't miss this wonderful introduction into Chinese culture.' Source: http://www.outoftheboxfestival.com.au (Sighted 18/05/2012).