Retold by Tran Thi Minh Phuoc
Illustrated by Nguyen Thi Hop & Nguyen Dong
96 pages – ages 5+
Published by Tuttle Publishing on April 14, 2015
Synopsis- Vietnamese folklore is rather extensive, but author Phuoc Thi has gathered several of the more well-known children’s folklore, and put them into one book. There is a wide variety of tales, but some revolve around the Vietnamese New Year. It also includes some Vietnamese vocabulary.
What I Thought- This was a cool collection of stories. I love how the stories helped explain Vietnamese traditions and culture. I learned about the Vietnamese new year celebration, and why a certain flower is popular, and why they don’t sweep their houses during the celebrations. These are great stories for bedtime, and are wonderful for a multicultural unit. There is even a story similar to our Cinderella. The illustrations are gorgeous. They catch the feel of the story perfectly, and they really bring the tales to life.
All in all, I would really recommend this book!