Flash Giveaway Monday! – Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories

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Fairytales from Vietnam

Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories

Congratulations to Shanda, the winner of today’s Flash Giveaway!  Look for an email!  Thanks to everyone for participating.

Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories Giveaway is open until 9:00 p.m. tonight.  Winner will be notified by email.

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    5. Written by local author, Tran Thi Minh Phuoe, Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories brings to life some of the folklore of the Vietnamese culture. Tran is Minnesota’s first Vietnamese librarian, and her journey here was not easy living as a child in a refugee camp in Malaysia, traveling to California, and taking a bus to Minnesota.

Tran’s story captures fairytales from her homeland for English-speaking children to learn.  Some are very unique and others are similar to tales we know. For instance, The Story of Tam and Cam is the Vietnamese version of Cinderella.

When I read through the stories, I was delighted by the common themes of irony and of good versus evil. I also loved the fact that I didn’t recognize many of them.

This is a fantastic way to introduce a different culture to your child or to embrace your culture if you are Vietnamese. The pictures are fascinating and brightly colored.  They are very unique and beautiful (and I am picky about illustration).

The one drawback that I found was that some of the stories were very long, but for me, the way I would get past that would be to summarize long paragraphs and move it along.

Enjoy a unique book written by a fellow Minnesotan about a culture on the other side of the globe!




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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids–Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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    • That is a very good idea. We are discussing the feasibility of getting that done quickly and thoroughly; and in what format it would be best presented.

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