'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).
Notes on illustrations:
Only Sally Rippin is credited as illustrator on the cover of the book. In an interview with author Gabrielle Wang, however, Rippin notes the collaboration with Black Dog's designer, Regina Abos:
I tried a few styles to begin with that didn't work, including collage. Eventually I asked Black Dog if I could bring their designer, Regine Abos, on board to collaborate with me from the start so I could combine my hand-done illustration techniques with her contemporary computerised ones. We decided that I would do the loose Chinese brushwork and she would drop in the texture and colour behind it with the computer. I'm very happy with the result.
Source: http://gabriellewang.com/sally-rippin-talks-about-illustrating-the-race-for-the-chinese-zodiac/#more-2020 (Sighted: 31/10/2017)