Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories is a charming collection of fifteen tales beloved by Vietnamese children for generations. Experienced storyteller Tran Thi Minh Phuoc vividly recounts such favorites as the story of Tam and Cam (the Vietnamese version of Cinderella), the legend of the Jade Rabbit, the legend of the Mai Flower, and many others. Children and adults alike will be enchanted by the legends of bravery and beauty, fables about nature, and stories in which integrity, hard work and a kind heart triumph over deception, laziness and greed. Gods, peasants, kings and fools spring to life to celebrate Vietnam's rich cultural heritage, forging bonds with people around the world, and bringing us all together in ways that only great stories can do. The beautiful illustrations are by veteran artists Thi Hop Nguyen and Dong Nguyen, whose work perfectly captures the charm and flavor of traditional Vietnamese culture. '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. The beautiful illustrations by veteran artists Thi Hop Nguyen and Dong Nguyen perfectly capture the charm and flavor of traditional Vietnamese culture. This book is a treat for the eyes and the imagination and is sure to become a family favorite for many years to come. -Adoption Today Magazine A lovely collection of fifteen beautifully illustrated Vietnamese folk tales, retold for Western children. Why t read one a night at bedtime to your kids? It works for all ages, even adults! -Pragmatic Mom
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.