Children of the dragon : selected tales from Vietnam

by Garland, Sherry.

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction CHILDREN J 398.2 GA
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  CHILDREN J 398.2 GA
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Children Non Fiction J 398.2 Gar
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
Collection  Children Non Fiction
Call Number  J 398.2 Gar
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection j PZ8.1.G1668 Ch 2001
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Children Non-Fiction Fairy tale J 398.2 Gar
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Collection  Children Non-Fiction
Call Number  Fairy tale J 398.2 Gar
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Children Folk/Fairy Tales J 398.2 G183
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Children Folk/Fairy Tales
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 398.2 VIETNAM Gar
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 398.209597 G31
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South Park Library Juvenile j 398.2 GAR
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Legend has it that more than four thousand years ago a mighty dragon prince named Lac Long Quan married a fairy princess named Au Co.From these parents the Vietnamese people were born.With power, humor, and grace, Sherry Garland shares six of her favorite folktales of Vietnam.Passed down through the ages, these colorful stories depict the rich history, tribal customs, explanations of natural phenomena, and values so important to the Vietnamese people.Award-winning illustrator Trina Schart Hyman brings these magically entertaining and vividly detailed stories to life in an introduction to the folktales of Vietnam that is nothing less than masterful.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3-5. This beautiful volume, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, presents six Vietnamese folktales. The stories vary in type as well as in tone, from amusing to tragic to satisfyingly just. In the talking-animal pourquoi tale "How the Tiger Got Its Stripes," a farmer saves his water buffalo by outwitting a crafty tiger. "The Boatman's Flute" tells how a poor boatman saves the life of a mandarin's daughter and hopes to gain her heart. Though Garland does not include source notes for the stories, she sets the scene in the introduction, where she briefly discusses the land, history, and folktales of Vietnam. In the notes appended to each story, she comments on aspects of the culture that appear in the tale. The broad, cream-colored pages of the book are illuminated by Hyman's jewel-bright artwork. Graceful ink drawings are warmed with richly colored acrylic paints. In some illustrations, the composition has the formal quality of a portrait, while in others, actions drive the scenes and reveal the characters' emotions, capturing the mood of a scene as well as the events of the story. --Carolyn Phelan"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Once upon a time in old Vietnam," begins "The Raven and the Star Fruit," exemplifying the spell of enchantment cast over these half dozen stories. If the setting is exotic with its banyan trees and lotus blossoms, water buffalo and tigers the classic themes are universal. They include talking animals and beautiful princesses, requited and unrequited love as well as familiar human flaws. For instance, in the above-mentioned tale a raven rewards the generosity of a poor couple by leading them to an island of treasures, while the same opportunity has disastrous results for the husband's foolish elder brother and his greedy wife. Garland (Shadow of the Dragon) places each story within its historical, geographical and cultural context, enriching readers' understanding of Vietnam and its people. "The Legend of the Monsoon Rains" recounts the ongoing dispute between the Lord of the Mountains and the Lord of the Seas for the hand of the emperor's daughter followed by a discussion of Vietnam's crops and weather; the tale of "The Boatman's Flute" highlights the country's transportation and governmental systems. Hyman (A Child's Calendar) complements the richly embroidered retellings with jewel-like India ink and acrylic illustrations. From the fluid pattern of stripes on a tiger's back (for a pourquoi tale) to the dark sweep of a maiden's hair and lissome bend of a willow branch, the artist applies her signature flowing lines and graceful artistry; she captures all the romance and beauty of the stories and their setting. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Tales -- Vietnam.
Folklore -- Vietnam.
Publisher San Diego :Harcourt,2001
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Hyman, Trina Schart.
Language English
Description 58 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 0152242007 (hardcover)
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