WC Jefferson has updated a classic Chinese legend into a more modern version with positive values and lessons. The Zodiac Race series consists of the award-winning book The Great Zodiac Race and 12 individual books about each zodiac character.

In each story, the animals need to face the same set of obstacles, but they tackle them very differently. Some of the animals are confident and creative, but others need to overcome their fears or work together to journey through the tall mountains, traverse the deep dark forest, and cross the freezing river.

While following each character, such as the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig, readers will also learn important life lessons. Concepts covered in the series include Responsibility, Integrity, Kindness, and many more.
He comments, “The series aims to entertain young readers while teaching them about Asian culture, the order of the zodiac and common moral values.” He adds,“Asians can be superstitious about their fortunes every year based on their zodiac sign, and knowing the zodiac race story and the order of the animals is good background knowledge.”