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Children of the Dragon: 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, e
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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Cheryl
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't often give five stars, and in fact this time I'm only giving 4.5 tbh. But I do think every child and every social studies teacher should read this for sure, and lots of other folks who like world folktales, too.

The thing is, that it was an impulse grab at the library when I saw the name of my favorite illustrator on the spine. I thought I was going to just look at the pix. But the stories are surprisingly engaging, and the notes surprisingly fascinating. And of course the art is wonderfu
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Amanda
I liked this. The illustrations were lovely and the stories were rewritten well. After each story the author provides a bit of factual information that may have been in the tales. This is definitely a quality book, but I wasn't enchanted by it. ...more
Debra
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
A collection of legends from Vietnam researched and retold with skill and beauty. The book’s introduction gives a brief history and background for the country. Each tale has added explanation regarding the genesis of the legend or the instructional, cultural purpose for the tale.
Andrea
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Melinda Barrett
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a major cause of my love for reading.
All throughout elementary school, I would (much to the librarians' dismay, who didn't want us to check out the same book multiple times) check it out twice a year without fail. In kindergarten, my parents had to read it all to me, in first grade, I read it with little help from them. By fifth grade, I likely could have recited each tale word for word.
It's now been a few years of me struggling to remember even the title, I do however remember ex
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Annie Do
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of Vietnamese folk tales retold by Sherry Garland. At first sight of this book, I was a little bit skeptical about reading it, thinking that there will be some sort of bias or misinformed information. However, when I opened the book, I realized that the author has put in effort and work to really research all about Vietnamese cultures and traditions before writing her book. For now, the book stays in Banks's first level of integration because it only tells about Vietnam ...more
Anna
1. SUMMARY – This book is a collection of short myths from Vietnam. In one tale, a curious tiger becomes a victim of his own curiosity. His stripes are a reminder of his misfortune. In another, an epic love triangle is at the core of monsoon season. With each year, the rivalry between earth and sea returns in another attempt to win back the heart of an unrequited love.
2. GENRE – This is an example of traditional fiction, multicultural fiction, and informational text. This is a collection of myt
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Elizabeth
Children of the Dragon contains retellings of favorite Vietnam folktales. Legend has it that over four thousand years ago a dragon name Lac Long Quan married a fairy princess names Au Co. These two became the parents of the Vietnam people. Illustrator Trina Schart Hyman helps to bring each folktale to life with vibrant detailing and colors.

I would introduce this picture book by sharing one its folktales with my students. I would choose the folktale “Chu Cuoi – the Man in the Moon” because it is
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Becky H.
Jun 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ages 8 and up
Have you ever wondered how the tiger got its stripes or why every year there is a monsoon season? Simple tales from Vietnam are now available. If you enjoy folklore, Children of the Dragon needs to be in your library. Sherry Garland has brought together a collection of folk tales that have been passed on to her through friends, relatives, and research. The stories are about heroes, princesses, animals, and plants. Each includes a short history of how the folk tale is connected to Vietnamese hist ...more
Jim Sibigtroth
The folk tales in this collection are very well written and provide good insight into Vietnamese culture. The moral lessons are applicable anywhere. After each story, there are notes about aspects of Vietnamese culture that are reflected in the stories. I have read several of the stories aloud in 2nd and 3rd grade classes.
Abby
This book should have had more illustrations. The illustrations were lovely-- suited to be hanging in a gallery--but they were small and few.
The stories were simple fables and myths, teaching virtues or the origins of natural occurrences. Each story was accompanied by a short section of informational text that taught about the culture of Vietnam.
Jandi
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I liked some of the stories in here. The artwork is precious and just remembering the book makes me want to go look for the stories right now online.
Amanda
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The stories are told in a typical fairy tale way that sounds familiar to Westerners. I am curious how much of the telling is the same in style and how much of that was the author/translator making it familiar to her audience. After each story she includes further relevant information connecting the fairy tale to the history and culture of Vietnam, a nice touch. The illustrations are beautiful and definitely the highlight of the book. This book is a lovely way to learn about the culture and mytho ...more
Doria
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gorgeously illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, this is a lovely collection of Vietnamese legends, myths and folktales. Each story is accompanied by a descriptive passage which elucidates relevant cultural practices, as well as religious and folk beliefs. A good read-aloud book, too!
Emily
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore-rec
Ages 6 and up. Selected tales from Vietnam that rival any of the Grimm’s fairy tales in adventure, imagination and vibrancy. Many of the stories are supplemented by explanations of Vietnamese history that provide context.
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