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 has researched and retold some of her favorite folktales of Vietnam. Passed down through the ages as both a means of instruction and entertainment, these colorful stories depict heroes, ancient kings, famous battles, and tribal customs. They are simple tales about the origins of plants, animals, and other natural phenomena-and yet they illuminate profound truths about humility, generosity, and compassion.
Award-winning illustrator Trina Schart Hyman brings these wonderfully entertaining and vividly detailed stories new life-her vibrant colors and stunning images dance from the pages in an introduction to the folktales of Vietnam that is nothing less than masterful.
Sherry Garland has long been fascinated with the Vietnamese people and their country, which she has had the opportunity to visit firsthand. Back home in Texas, she has worked with Vietnamese immigrants in the Houston area for many years. Garland 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.
The late 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 stirringly romantic illustrations for Saint George and the Dragon, adapted by Margaret Hodges, and she was awarded three Caldecott Honors. Hyman passed away in 2004.show more