Children of the Dragon by Sherry Garland
Selected Tales from Vietnam

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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.
 

About Sherry Garland

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SHERRY GARLAND is the author of many award-winning novels and picture books, including Indio, The Last Rainmaker. She lives in central Texas. www.sherrygarland.com No Bio
 
Published September 1, 2001 by Harcourt Children's Books. 64 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Six stories of varying types have been chosen by an author who is familiar with the Vietnamese people in their own country and in the US.

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In this singular collaboration, Garland's ( Song of Buffalo Boy ) breezy narrative and Jean and Mou-sien Tseng's ( The Seven Chinese Brothers ) beguiling watercolors offer an entertaining explanation of the eponymous phenomenon.

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First-time children's illustrator Greenberg's soft-edged pastels are as redolent of the lethal power of loneliness as is Garland's ( The Lotus Seed ;

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"In this poignant tale, a Vietnamese-American boy heads out into the Gulf of Mexico on his father's shrimp boat and hears his father tell stories of his own father, and of the war that separated them," wrote PW.

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``My grandmother saw / the emperor cry,'' she says, ``the day he lost / his golden dragon throne.'' Wanting a memento of the event, the child ``plucked a seed / from a lotus pod / that rattled / in the Imperial garden.'' Eventually, Ba arrives in America: ``a strange new land / with .

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In 1933 Texas, Bonnie and Clyde travel in a “stolen Ford V-8/ looking for a bank to rob.” Other characters include a nurse at a “makeshift hospital” in 1935 Kansas (“Every day I see mothers tend their dying babies,/ helplessly watching the small bodies struggle for air”) and a mother ...

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PW singled out the ``strongly atmospheric'' writing, with its ``graceful interpolations of Vietnamese words and references to Vietnamese culture and traditions,'' in this account of an Amerasian girl's journey toward self-realization.

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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.

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