Cat and Rat
Cat and Rat
By Ed Young

Henry Holt & Company, 1995
ISBN-10: 0-8050-2977-X
Ages: 3 to 7
The Jade Emperor, ruler of the heavens, proposes a race. The prize: a year named for each of 12 finalists. Cat and rat, inseparable friends, decide to collaborate, but crafty rat outsmarts cat, leaving the hapless feline out of the running. Thus arose the order of the zodiac cycle‹and an ancient animosity).