Now why isn't there any year of the Cat? Do cats portend bad luck particularly the black ones? Or they are too full of themselves that joining the race is beyond them?
Ed Young provides an interesting answer in his book The Cat and The Rat, as well as a viable reason why cats and rats hated each other so much. Because, you see, they were such good friends along time ago.
The book is a good read aloud for primary to upper primary levels (garde 1 - 3) and a perfect story to celebrate Chinese New Year. The illustrations lend a mysterious mood to the story, thus, holding the reader's or listener's interest.