Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam

Vietnamese folk tales retold for a modern audience. In poetry and literature the Vietnamese call themselves the “children of the dragon.” Their oral tradition is a strong one and this volume includes three of the familiar teaching tales told by the elders. Readers will learn how the tiger got his stripes, why there are monsoons, and the story of the Moon Festival.

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I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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3 Responses to Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam

  1. Roz Levine says:

    Favorite Folktales of Vietnam….. As the introduction tells us: “To most Americans, the word Vietnam brings to mind one thing – a war fought in muddy rice fields and steamy jungles, as we’ve seen it depicted in movies and popular television programs. Very few of us know much about the history, culture, or folklore of this ancient country.” Fortunately, Sherry Garland’s new book, Children Of The Dragon, will begin to change our perception. This superb collection of six folktales is engaging, rich in history, culture, and tradition, and includes author’s notes at the end of each story to broaden understanding, and enrich its meaning. From The Legend Of The Monsoon Rains, Chu Cuoi-The Man In The Moon, and The Raven And The Star Fruit, to How The Tiger Got Its Stripes, The Boatman’s Flute, and The Bowmen And The Sisters, each folktale is entertaining, satisfying, and runs the whole gamut of emotions, from silly and amusing to poignant and tragic. Award winning illustrator, Trina Schart Hyman brings each tale to life with her marvelously vibrant and vivid artwork. Perfect for youngsters 10 and older, Children Of The Dragon is a feast for both the eyes and ears, and is an intriguing and unique collection that transports the reader to another place and time.

  2. Michael Triner says:

    children of the dragon:selected tales from vietnam excellent book for vietnamese american children to understand and appreciate the culture that they came from. this book will become a gift to all the children i know and love

  3. Tassie says:

    Depth of a culture I am really in the beginning stages of learning about the culture of Vietnam. My husband and I are in the process of adopting our second child, from Vietnam, (we have a 2 yo adopted from China already) and I am trying to get my hands on books on Vietnamese culture. I think this was a terrific book to buy as an intro to this rich culture, the traditional stories and how the traditions that stem from them remain an active part of modern Vietnamese culture. If you are trying to learn more about Vietnamese culture, I think this is a terrific book to start with.

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