Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Year of the Rat

The Lunar New Year starts fresh on February 7th as we welcome in The Year of the Rat. It's been said that those born in The Year of the Rat are respected and considered courageous and enterprising. Rats know exactly where to find solutions and can take care of themselves and others with ease. They use their instinctive sense of observation to help others in times of need and are among the most fit of all the Animal signs to survive most any situation.

This all can also be said of Riley. He is, of course, a rat and one who inspires and makes readers smile. He's found in The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley (by Colin Thompson & Amy Lissiat of Australia) and encourages us all to be more observant, patient, accepting and courageous.

Another suggested title, of course, is New Clothes for New Year's Day, by Hyun-Ju Bae of South Korea, which honors the Korean celebration of this annual holiday.

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