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The entertaining adventures of your favorite animals continue in The Year of the Pig! Patty is a little piglet eager to explore the world. Growing up is a learning process, as Patty follows her parents and then gets more advice from her uncles, aunts, and cousins. But being a sensible pig takes practice, especially when Farmer Wu loses his jade ring and needs everyone’s help! Now can Patty demonstrate her best qualities when others think they aren’t?

Patty’s amusing journey to discover her true character will delight children and adults alike—especially new parents, those interested in Asian culture, and readers who enjoy fun-loving stories and fantastic artwork. Second in the annual series, Tales of the Chinese Zodiac, The Year of the Pig features all the charismatic creatures of the Chinese lunar calendar and proves how anyone can make a big difference.

Pig Dog Rat


For nearly 5,000 years, the Chinese culture has organized time in cycles of twelve years. This Eastern calendar is based upon the movement of the moon (as compared to the Western which follows the sun), and is symbolized by the zodiac circle. Each year is traditionally represented by an animal that embodies unique qualities. Therefore, people born



in the year of a particular animal are thought to share a certain personality and identity with their sign. Now more and more people worldwide celebrate this two-week long festival in the early spring, and enjoy the start of another Chinese New Year.




Horse Snake


To my sister, Pamela, who has always shown the way. — O.C. To Alli, Jacob, Owen, and baby Emma. Without your love, encouragement, sacrifice, and inspiration, these illustrations wouldn't have been possible. I'm truly blessed to have you as my family and love you all very much. — J.A.

Immedium, Inc. P.O. Box 31846 San Francisco, CA 94131 www.immedium.com Text Copyright ©2006 Oliver Chin Illustrations Copyright ©2006 Jeremiah Alcorn All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. For information about special discounts for bulk purchases, please contact Immedium Special Sales at sales@immedium.com. First hardcover edition published 2006. Edited by Don Menn Book design by Elaine Chu Calligraphy by Lucy Chu Printed in Singapore 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Chin, Oliver Clyde, 1969The year of the pig : tales from the Chinese zodiac / written by Oliver Chin ; illustrated by Miah Alcorn. -- 1st hardcover ed. p. cm. Summary: Patty the piglet learns what her best qualities really are when Farmer Wu needs everyone's help to find a lost ring. Lists the birth years and characteristics of individuals born in the Chinese Year of the Pig. ISBN-13: 978-1-59702-007-7 (hardcover) [1. Pigs--Fiction. 2. Animals--Infancy--Fiction. 3. Domestic animals--Fiction. 4. Astrology, Chinese--Fiction.] I. Alcorn, Miah, ill. II. Title. PZ7.C44235Ye 2006 [E]--dc22 2006017864 ISBN: 1-59702-002-8

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The piglet was small and soft, but had a well-bred look about her. Farmer Wu smiled as he cradled the newest member of his farm. Mama and Papa named her “Patricia” or “Patty” for short.

At dawn, a joyful squeal rang through the farmyard. A new day had just begun, so Farmer Wu woke up and walked out to his barn. Inside Mama and Papa Pig just had a baby!

All the neighbors wanted to see the baby. Big and small, they crowded around the pigpen.

Mama whispered in Patty’s ear, “These are your uncles, aunts, and cousins.”

Papa added, “Listen to your elders, because they know what is best for you.”

Delighted, Patty clapped her hooves, “Yay!”

They congratulated Mama and Papa and cooed at little Patty.

1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 People born in the Year of the Pig are warm, sociable, and sincere. They are resilient, inquisitive, and intelligent. But they can be impulsive, sensitive, and stubborn. Though they may seem to take their time and enjoy themselves, the generosity and courage of pigs are qualities to treasure!

Called "an expert in Pacific Rim pop culture" by the San Jose Mercury News, Oliver Chin is the author of The Year of the Dog, The Adventures of WonderBaby, 9 of 1: A Window to the World, and The Tao of Yao. A graduate of Harvard, he resides in San Francisco, California, with his wife and two sons.

Jeremiah Alcorn is the artist of The Year of the Dog and an accomplished character developer and game designer. Winner of the 2003 ACME animation competition, he resides in Alabama with his wife and three children.

Praise for The Year of the Dog: “The cartoony and angular art style captures the eagerness of the young dog perfectly, in this upbeat astrological tale.” - Midwest Book Review

“…his diligence pays off and Daniel indeed saves the day...” - Bloomsbury Review

Praise for The Adventures of WonderBaby: “It’s a really cute concept, a baby teaching the alphabet with some superhero elements thrown in.” - ComicCon’s The PULSE


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