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Friday, January 27, 2017

Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories and Multicultural Book Day

This is my third year participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day and we have two book reviews this year. The first was for the bilingual Korean book The Mysterious Stream. The second review is for the book Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories.
The mission of the Multicultural Children's Book Day: The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.

I love learning about other cultures. With a son born from Kazakhstan, we try to help him learn about his native land. We also help him learn and understand other cultures, too. Without getting too political, the Internet has brought the world closer together, where you typically need to understand a global picture. We do our best to help him understand this.

The Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories book retold by Tran Thi Minh Phuoe does its best job to explain the cultural tradition of the Vietnamese families. With 15 legends and folktales, the reader sees a different way of explaining the ways of nature and extoling the virtues of the heroes of their legends. In the end, you get a picture painted of the world that values their five great virtues:

  1. Nhan / Compassion
  2. Le / Rituals
  3. Nghia / Righteousness
  4. Tri / Wisdom
  5. Tin / Trust

For the Vietamese family, the book presents a great way to connect the older and younger generations with traditional stories familiar from their childhood. The children will learn about the land of their ancestors, including the cultures and values, and not just those told about from American folklore.

Overall, you'll love the graphics from Nguyen Thi Hop and Nguyen Dong. They do a great job to help you visualize the different stories. The legends will help families bond over common stories.

This epic-ally (is that a word?) fun Twitter Party happens on 1/27 from 9:00-10:00 pm ET. It's a great chance to have diverse book discussions, chat with authors and publishers and WIN lots-o-books. We will be randomly giving away multicultural book bundles every 6 minutes! Register here and set aside an hour of a whole lotta fun.

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  1. Thanks so much for your great review and for joining us for Multicultural Children's Book Day!

  2. Wonderful! I so love folktales books. Have you read "Tales Told in Tents" ? It's a great Central Asian story collection. #ReadYourWorld

  3. I am always so glad when I see your name on the reviewer list for MCBD, John :) Great review on a great book! (becky@MCBD)

  4. These books sound so good. I love learning about other cultures and history. This would be great for my grandchildren. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless