Toad Is the Uncle of Heaven: A Vietnamese Folktale

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Toad Is the Uncle of Heaven

A Vietnamese Folk Tale

An NCSS-CBC Notable Book in the Field of Social Studies

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PreSchool-Grade 4 Realizing that the drought will soon destroy all life on Earth, Toad journeys to the Emperor of Heaven to ask for rain. On his way, he is joined by Bees, Rooster and Tiger. Confronting an unconcerned emperor, Toad finally makes his request known, with the help of his companions. The Emperor of Heaven remedies the drought with rain, calling Toad "Uncle," a title of great respect and affection in Vietnam. The illustrations differ from Lee's previous titles. Instead of subtle pastels and subdued motion, she employs pure, vibrant colors to support the energetic yet stylized actions of her characters: Rooster's feathers flame, and the Emperor sits on a golden throne in a hall of royal purple. A longer, more intense (although also more violent) version of this tale can be found in Vo-Dinh's The Toad Is the Emperor's Uncle: Animal Folktales of Viet Nam (Doubleday, 1970; o.p.). Lee's version, with its arresting illustrations and striking colors, is suitable for telling aloud to primary grade children. A valuable purchase for an existing collection of world folk tales. Janice M. Del Negro, Chicago Public Library
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"This Vietnamese folk tale reveals how Toad goes to heaven to end a drought and there receives the honorary title of uncle....Even today the toad is the symbol of rain in Vietnam, and it is believed the toad's croak means an impending shower. Lee illustrates her story in clear, stark colors. The two-page spreads are exceptionally well-designed, and the simply told text works in tandem with the clean art."-- Booklist

"Elegant drawings in richly hued colors accompany an economical narration of this folk tale....Lee's simple prose and beautiful page design, far from being static or stilted, are fluid and convey movement and earthly humor. Her tale of courage born of common sense and perseverance will satisfy a wide audience."-- The Horn Book

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