Part of classical education is filling our children’s minds with tales and stories and not just the classic stories we hear in the west: Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, or Rapunzel.
After all stories, fairy tales, and myths emphasis character in our children. They gently teach children about compassion, generosity, and honor. The bad guys lose. The good guys win.
Children’s minds grow with imagination as they picture a man and his son creating wings to fly or imagine the rainbow as a bridge to another land. These stories introduce new ideas. Kids visit other cultures, ways of thought, and far off places through stories.
Stories are a gentle and inexpensive way to travel the world with children.
Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories
Which is why I jumped at the opportunity to join the 2016 Multicultural Children’s Book Day and receive a free copy of Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories, Tuttle Publishing, to enjoy with my kids.
Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories is full of myths and fairy tales from Vietnam. The stories aren’t just well written, the artwork is beautiful. The stories are truly a delight to read!
One,”The Story of Tam and Cam,” is a different variation of Cinderella. In it our heroine Tam, a sweet young girl, is being abused by her horrible stepmother and dreadful stepsister Cam.
Another is a tale about why ducks sleep on one leg. It’s a charming tale beginning with the image of three ducks limping about on one leg. Can you imagine, they can’t even keep up with the hens, roosters, or beavers!
Through these stories we’re brought into a different world, a world full of emperors and fishermen… a world without kings and woodcutters. Different food and clothing are in the pictures. Sometime a touch of historical background is given to heighten the enjoyment of the stories.
Have you read these stories which so enchanted my children and I? If not, go take a look at the book. Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories is a wonderful addition for any homeschooling family’s library.
Our 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.
Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors
Thank you for sponsoring the Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016!
- Lee and Low Books
- Chronicle Books
- Capstone Young Readers T
- Tuttle Publishing
- NY Media Works, LLC/KidLit TV
- Pomelo Books
- Author Jacqueline Woodson
- Papa Lemon Books
- Goosebottom Books
- Author Gleeson Rebello
- ShoutMouse Press
- Author Mahvash Shahegh
- China Institute.org
- Live Oak Media
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Hosts and you can view them here!