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Vietnamese Childrens Favorite Stories

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran Nguyen Dong Thi Hop Nguyen



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01 February 2015
Traditional stories (Children's&YA); Languages & ESL; Vietnamese - Cultural Material; Vietnamese - Languages
Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories, is a charming collection of fifteen tales as told by prominent storyteller Tran Thi Minh Phuoc. In it, Tra - Minnesota's first Vietnamese librarian and an active member of the Vietnamese-American community - recounts cherished folktales such as The Story of Tam and Cam (the Vietnamese version of Cinderella), The Jade Rabbit, and The Legend of the Mai Flower. With beautiful illustrations by veteran artists Nguyen Thi Hop and Nguyen Dong, children and adults alike will be enchanted by Tran's English retellings. Stories in which integrity, hard work and a kind heart triumph over deception, laziness, and greed - as gods, peasants, kings and fools spring to life in legends of bravery and beauty, and fables about nature. The Children's Favorite Stories series was created to share the folktales and legends most beloved by children in the East with young readers of all backgrounds in the West. Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories will keep Vietnam's folktales alive for them and the legions of young readers who enjoy multicultural children's books and stories set in faraway lands.
By:   Phuoc Thi Minh Tran, Nguyen Dong
Illustrated by:   Thi Hop Nguyen
Imprint:   Tuttle
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 229mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   544g
ISBN:   9780804844291
ISBN 10:   0804844291
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   01 February 2015
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Language:   Vietnamese
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tran Thi Minh Phuoc spent ten months in a refugee camp in Malaysia before coming to America. In 1984, after a 50-hour Greyhound trip from California, she reached Minnesota, where she found life's most precious treasures: education and a safe environment. She became Minnesota's first Vietnamese librarian, and has been an active storyteller for over 20 years. Nguyen Thi Hop and Nguyen Dong began their careers as young professional artists in the South Vietnam of the 1960s, exhibiting in Paris, Taiwan and in cities in Germany and the US as well as in Saigon. They have illustrated books published in numerous countries and have frequently illustrated the work of renowned Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Reviews for Vietnamese Childrens Favorite Stories

This well researched and lovingly written book is destined to be a children's classic. --Wendy Woodfill, Senior Librarian at Hennepin County Library, MN; Chair of the 2014 ALSC Notable Children's Books Committee This story collection provides an opportunity for children of Vietnamese origin to find out more about the beauty and depth of the culture of Vietnam, through stories full of self-nation, and is an opportunity for families of Vietnamese origin and transmission of conservation treasure tales Vietnam for the next generation. --Nguoi Viet Daily News The stories reflect the traditions, myths, and history of Vietnam, with trees and flowers frequently serving symbolic purposes. Works such as The Story of Tam and Cam, an adaptation of Cinderella, will be familiar to readers, while a story about why the sea is salty (it's due to a greedy man's magical salt grinder at the bottom of the ocean) will be new to many. The husband-and-wife Nguyens' modest watercolors include both spot illustrations and larger, ornamental images that fill pages and spreads, resulting in a graceful balance between text and pictures. --Publishers Weekly The delicate and detailed watercolor illustrations elegantly enhance the appeal of this work. VERDICT A valuable and culturally authentic addition to folktale collections. --School Library Journal Phuoc Tran's stories remind us of the depth and beauty of Vietnamese culture. The folktales help heal us all from the tragic history of the Vietnam War and bring the deep enduring cultural traditions back into the light to be shared by all. --David Zander, Cultural Anthropologist, Co-Founder of Asian Storytellers Alliance Attractive watercolor illustrations by two Vietnamese artists are scattered throughout, and the appealing cover should invite readers. A welcome addition to any collection of folk tales. --Kirkus Review Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories is a great example of what I often refer to as a parent's 'snuggle book.' This book with its magical stories provides the perfect invitation for parents to snuggle with their child to read and let their imaginations soar as they enter into a land and culture of untold Vietnamese generations. --Adoption Today Magazine

  • Commended for Moonbeam Children's Book Award (Multicultural-Picture Bk) 2015

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