Water Buffalo Days by Quang Nhuong Huynh
Growing Up in Vietnam

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For a young boy growing up in the hills of Central Vietnam, the days were full of adventure and excitement. Nhuong's companion was Tank, the family water buffalo. Tank was extraordinary. He was fierce and fought off tigers and wild hogs that threatened the village. He was intelligent and learned quickly how to lead the other buffaloes. He was strong and could plow the rice fields all day and not get tired. He was gentle and adopted a lonely puppy. He was Nhuong's best friend.

Now a grown man, Nhuong gives readers a glimpse of how he and Tank together faced the dangers of life in the Vietnamese jungle that was their home.As a young boy growing up in the hills of central Vietnam, Nhuong’s companion was Tank, the family water buffalo. When bullies harassed Nhuong, Tank sent them packing. When a wild tiger threatened the entire village, Tank defeated it. He led the herd and adopted a lonely puppy. Tank was Nhuong’s best friend.

Nhuong gives readers a glimpse of himself when he was their age, and tells a thrilling story of how he and Tank together faced the dangers of life in the Vietnamese jungle which was their home.

 

About Quang Nhuong Huynh

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Huynh Quang Nhuong also wrote The Land I Lost, which was published in five languages and received numerous awards. He was born in Mytho, Vietnam, and now lives in Columbia, Missouri.
 
Published November 1, 1997 by Harpercollins Childrens Books. 116 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They were creatures of such importance that, when one named Water Jug dies of old age, it is only fitting that he is buried in the graveyard, ``as we had done for all the dead of our family.'' The boy hopes for a new bull with the same gentle temperament as Water Jug's, but his father has always ...

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Set in a tranquil, prewar Vietnam, this elegiac memoir uses Huynh's (The Land I Lost) childhood adventures with the family water buffalo as a vehicle for conjuring a lost world.

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