The folk tales of the Vietnamese culture are extremely important, as they depict the creation of their people and their traditions. Here, some of the favorite tales of the Children of the Dragon are researched and retold for a modern audience with grace and a touch of humor. These colorful stories have been passed down for thousands of years as instructional tools, forms of entertainment, and depictions of character traits such as generosity and compassion. Ancient kings and dragon princes come to life, and legends of how the tiger obtained his stripes, the origins of monsoons, and the reason for the Moon Festival are told in enchanting illustrations that dance from page to page, providing a wonderful and masterful introduction to the history and culture of Vietnam.
About the Author
Sherry Garland has worked with Vietnamese immigrants in the Houston, Texas, area for many years. She has written thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including seven focused on Vietnamese culture. She has published five other books with Pelican: Voices of the Dust Bowl, Voices of the Alamo, Voices of Gettysburg, Best Horse on the Force, and The Buffalo Soldier. Garland lives with her husband in central Texas.
About the Illustrator
Trina Schart Hyman illustrated children’s books for more than three decades. Her paintings have enriched a wide range of literature. She received the Caldecott Medal for her romantic illustrations for Saint George and the Dragon, along with three additional Caldecott Honors during her lifetime. Hyman passed away in 2004.
CHILDREN OF THE DRAGON
Selected Tales from Vietnam
By Sherry Garland
Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
32 pp. 9 x 10
10 color illus. Biblio.