A collection of traditional Vietnamese legends about the spirits and fairies ranging about the skies over Vietnam and the mortals under their influence exemplifies the universal fascination with the stars.
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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+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-7-Six appealing, readable legends account for celestial events or describe encounters between sky fairies and mortals. "The Moon Fairy" and "The Weaver Fairy and the Buffalo Boy" originated in China and are commonly told in eastern Asia; these retellings differ in detail and have a more contemporary feeling than versions in Frances Carpenter's Tales of a Chinese Grandmother (Amereon, 1937) and Jeanne Lee's Legend of the Milky Way (Holt, 1982). Accompanying "The Miraculous Banyan Tree" are words and music for the Vietnamese song, "The Man in the Moon." An ecological message is smoothly worked into "Why the Rooster Crows at Sunrise." Notes tell of the stories' origins and explain elements of Vietnamese folklore. A pronunciation guide to Vietnamese names is also included. A pleasurable, informative, well-chosen collection to read aloud, enjoy alone, or tell to a group.
Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
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