Poetry Word Find - Chinese Calendar

Chinese tradition holds that each year has a special animal or sign of influence. These animals rotate in a twelve year cycle and have their own traits that they pass on to those born in its year. Here is a poem that gives that order and the traits of each of the animals. After reading the poem, have fun hunting down the bolded words in the accompanying Word Find.
The Rat was the winner in the Zodiac Race, By tricking the Ox and stealing first place. So it might make you gasp and say “There’s no way!” To hear that this rodent is known for Fair Play. And though it’s the sign of the one he out foxed, Strong leaders are born in the year of the Ox. The Tiger seems fierce, but those born in its year, Are sensitive souls showing love that’s sincere. A Rabbit is fast and its senses alert, Unafraid to take risks, even though it’s a squirt. Next is the Dragon, known for passion and fire, Well­liked is this creature, someone others admire.

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Though it slithers around and is feared to bring harm, The Snake’s known for wisdom and oozing with charm. Then comes the Horse, a hard worker for sure, Both friendly and smart with the strength to endure. Warmhearted and honest and covered in wool, The Sheep is an artist and very playful. The sign of the Monkey is for those that are known, To possess a sharp mind and a strong funny bone. The Rooster is seen as a confident dude, For his senses are keen and his planning is shrewd. Next is the Dog who is faithful and true, Known to give friendship the highest value. Finally the Pig, neither dirty nor dumb, He’s a witty companion, an excellent chum. And that is the order in which they appear, Each animal a star once every twelve years. 

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RAT, OX, FAIRPLAY, LEADERS, TIGER, SENSITIVE, RABBIT, ALERT, DRAGON, PASSION, SNAKE, CHARM, HORSE, ENDURE, SHEEP, ARTIST, MONKEY, ROOSTER, SHREWD, DOG, FAITHFUL, PIG, WITTY, ANIMAL, TWELVE

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