It’s Your Year, Baby Dragon

little bee. (It’s Your Year, Baby: Bk. 2). Nov. 2023. 20p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9781499814064.
Baby-Toddler–Next year, 2024, will be the Year of the Dragon. In the Chinese zodiac, dragons are thought to be confident, energetic, intelligent, and powerful. Each spread of this board book features a large, full-bleed illustration of a young dragon embodying a different one of its characteristics. For instance, a picture of Baby Dragon and an adult dragon playing pipas accompanies the text, “Baby Dragon is intelligent. They enjoy learning.” Baby Dragon is always referred to in the gender-neutral “they” pronoun. The last few spreads share where the dragon falls in the zodiac order, who its best friends are, and additional characteristics based on the element associated with different Dragon years: 2024 babies will be Wood Dragons, who are thoughtful.
VERDICT This cute introduction to a child’s Chinese zodiac animal is recommended for larger collections or where the first book in the series was popular.

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