Recommended Books

Grades 3-5 – Vietnam

Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam

Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam

Sherry Garland

Vietnamese folk tales retold for a modern audience.

In poetry and literature the Vietnamese call themselves the “children of the dragon.” Their oral tradition is a strong one and this volume includes three of the familiar teaching tales told by the elders. Readers will learn how the tiger got his stripes, why there are monsoons, and the story of the Moon Festival.

Water Buffalo Days: Growing Up in Vietnam

Water Buffalo Days: Growing Up in Vietnam

Huynh Quang Nhuong

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.

 

The Golden Slipper: A Vietnamese Legend (Legends of the World)

The Golden Slipper: A Vietnamese Legend (Legends of the World)

Darrell H. Y. Lum

A variation on the Cinderella story, in which a kind-hearted young woman meets her prince with the help of animals she has befriended

Two Lands, One Heart: An American Boy's Journey to His Mother's Vietnam

Two Lands, One Heart: An American Boy's Journey to His Mother's Vietnam

Jeremy C. Schmidt, Ted Wood

Tells the story of a seven-year-old boy and his journey to Vietnam, his mother’s childhood home

To Swim in Our Own Pond: Ta Ve Ta Tam Ao Ta : A Book of Vietnamese Proverbs (English and Vietnamese Edition)

To Swim in Our Own Pond: Ta Ve Ta Tam Ao Ta : A Book of Vietnamese Proverbs (English and Vietnamese Edition)

Offers a collection of traditional Vietnames proverbs, in English and Vietnamese, with equivalent sayings in English and a brief introduction to the Vietnamese language

Vietnamese Legends and Folk Tales

Vietnamese Legends and Folk Tales

the gioi publishers
Inside Out and Back Again

Inside Out and Back Again

Thanhha Lai

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award!

Inspired by the author’s childhood experience as a refugee—fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama—this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child’s-eye view of family and immigration.

Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope—toward America.

This moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it “enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny.”

An author’s note explains how and why Thanhha Lai translated her personal experiences into Hà’s story. This paperback edition also includes an interview with the author, an activity you can do with your family, tips on writing poetry, and discussion questions.

Saving Sorya Chang and the Sun Bear
FREEMAN AWARD Honorable Mention

Saving Sorya Chang and the Sun Bear

Trang Nguyen, Illustrated by Jeet Zdung

When endlessly curious and tenacious Chang discovers a bear bile farm near her home in Vietnam, she decides to do everything she can to save wild animals—by becoming a conservationist! After teaching herself survival skills, documenting each rainforest plant and animal she sees in her field notebook, and disproving the critics who think she isn’t old enough or strong enough, Chang is finallyaccepted as a rescue center volunteer. But her toughest challenge yet comes when she’s tasked with returning Soryathe sun bear she raised from infancyback into the wild. Because despite being a different species, Sorya is Chang’s best friend. And letting a friend go is never easy . . . even when it’s the right thing to do.

With breathtaking art and STEM facts galore, Chang’s daring story is for any young reader, animal lover, and intrepid explorer!