SKY LEGENDS OF VIETNAM by Lynette Dyer Vuong

SKY LEGENDS OF VIETNAM

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Age Range: 9 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In her third collection of Vietnamese folklore, Vuong retells six tales of the sun, moon, and stars, introducing the Taoist mythology of the fairies--heavenly immortals ruled by the Jade Emperor--who break their own laws to become involved with humans. ``The Weaver Fairy and the Buffalo Boy'' is a variation of a familiar tale explaining the Milky Way; ``The Seven Weavers'' is about the Pleiades. The uniquely Vietnamese ``The Miraculous Banyan Tree'' explains why Vietnamese children see the face of Cuoi and his tree on the surface of the moon; a popular children's song about this legend is also included. In her informative introduction and notes, Vuong cites Vietnamese- language sources and provides cultural background. A concluding section describes Vietnamese pronunciation in general and gives pronunciations and translations of names used in the stories. An engaging collection, with appropriately brooding b&w illustrations. (Folklore. 9+)

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-06-023000-2
Page count: 104pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1993