For thousands of years, the Chinese have believed that each of us is born with the characteristics and powers of a member of the animal kingdom, depending on the month and year of our birth. Now readers of all ages can discover for themselves the fun and wisdom of this age-old Chinese tradition in this exquisite book by celebrated author and artist Chungliang Al Huang.
Find out which animal powers you were born with and which powers your friends and family possess. Discover how to absorb and adapt other animal powers into your own. Have fun pronouncing Chinese names with sounds that date back to ancient times. Feel each animal's graceful movements by tracing elegant brush calligraphy.
With a full-page spread devoted to each animal, a glossary of movement and art, and an easy-to-use year and month chart, The Chinese Book of Animal Powers is a unique introduction to the Chinese Zodiac by an expert teacher and philosopher.
|Publisher:||Kingsley, Jessica Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||10.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction. 1. Tswoo. 2. Neeoh. 3. Whoo. 4.Twoo. 5. Lohng. 6. Shurr. 7. Maah. 8. Yaang. 9. Hoh. 10. Jee. 11. Goh. 12. Joo. 13. Dancing Glossary.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Are you an easy-going person? Have you ever been described as sassy? If you were to ask a friend to describe you, would they say you are hardworking and dependable or extremely curious? All of these adjectives are associated with your animal power. That's right. Your animal power. According to Chinese folklore, each year and month of your birth corresponds with two animal characteristics that influence our personalities and the way we do things. This is known as our animal chi. The author illustrates the animal, the Chinese characters, and the story behind each animal's chi. At the end of the book, the reader can locate his or her birth month and birth year to discover which animals' chi is associated with the birth month and birth year.
Huangs book summarizes the symbolism of the Chinese mythological animal images. The book is focused on a very particular topic but is not very detailed. Even the background information on the origin and meaning of these images and their powers is quite short. The information on each animal symbol is as vague as it is limited. Although their are some interesting characterizations and implications, they leave much to be desired in terms of understanding the real essence of this mythology. The book is probably geared toward an elementary level. It is organized into 12 sections, one for each animal or month with an introduction and glossary. The illustrations include calligraphy style impressions of the animals and their Chinese symbols which add to the book but are not incredibly impressive.
Children will love reading the calligraphy and wisdom of this Chinese year and month chart.
This is a book worth owning! Beautifully written and illustrated by a joyous man in a fashion of simplicity, yet holds profound depth.....I learn something new with each reading. Many readings, many, "Ah-Ha" moments! Al Huang is truly a master! Young and old will enjoy his style of writing, the non-judgmental description of each animal's qualities and his free-flowing artistry. Each stroke embodies the animal, making them come to life on the page. I highly recommend this, as well as Chungliang Al Huang's other books..