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Summary: Celebrate Vietnamese traditions, culture, and history with 15 fables, folktales, and fairy tales. This is an illustrated anthology exploring Vietnamese culture.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 12 and Up
Interest Level: 5 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are beautiful. They bring Vietnamese culture to life for those who are culturally or historically unaware. Very few of the stories replicate the themes we know from Aesop's fables and fairy tales. Some of the stories are inspiring, others fell flat.
Pros: Beautiful, magical illustrations bring these stories to life and engage young readers to keep listening while you read.
Cons: There is no pronunciation guide. If you are unfamiliar with Vietnamese, you may get frustrated with some of the names.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a nice selection of stories for bedtime with younger children, and life lessons for older readers.
Educational Themes: The stories cover a lot of territory. They can be launching pads for learning more about Vietnamese cultural celebrations (Tet, Vietnamese New Year). Individual stories could be studied with fables / folktales of other cultures that express similar themes (generosity, bravery, et al).
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - fables and folklore, multicultural, culture and tradition
Date(s) Reviewed: January 2016
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.