Saturday, April 25, 2015

Thi Lien - Vietnam (Part 2 - literature)

This go around we are trying to tie in some relevant literature.  I am searching for books primarily by going to websites written by someone of that nationality who is trying to inform ____-Americans of their heritage. So, in this case for example, I went to a bunch of websites where Vietnamese people were recommending books for other Vietnamese being raised in America to give those kids some insight into their heritage. Then I see if the library has it. This is by no means exhaustive.

Some books we checked out from the Library:

Grandfather's Dream by Holly Keller (part of which is on google books for preview).  Good for the young kids.  Ansley read it to the 3 littles. It's about Vietnamese who stay in Vietnam through and after the war, and the hope they have.

The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam.  This is a memoir of the author, Quang Nhuong Huynh.

Also Water Buffalo Days by the same author.  These two books have the same introduction.  Water Buffalo Days is for a younger reader.  Ansley is reading Water Buffalo Days, Colin is reading The Land I Lost. After they finish we are going to compare and figure out if it's the same story just told at two different reading levels or if there is actually different content. 

 The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland.  Ansley read to the littles. This one was about a family who left Vietnam after the war and their way of remembering their heritage. 

Even though they know about the Vietnam War, at their age I'm trying to stay away from anything too graphic.  I know some kids their age had to live through it, but it's not something I wanted them exposed to yet.  Maybe next time we do this they can read more books on the actual war.

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