Have you ever traveled on a path to fulfill a wish --- a dream --- only to discover that the journey had more meaning than the destination? In Journey to the River of Perfumes, Lan sets out to fulfill such a wish at the legendary River of Perfumes in Hue, Vietnam. During her joyous journey, Lan encounters exploration and the exhilarating experience of helping others along the way. This wish-filled, wondrous story will not only educate, but also entertain children through its rhythmic phrasing and serene simplicity.
The author, Debbie Doctofsky-Solomon has an M.A. in Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and has taught children and adults of all levels. From an educator s perspective, this story uses a plethora of teaching tools story sequencing, graphic organizing, vocabulary, and Vietnamese culture. She believes our literary market could use more stories that help bring global awareness and appreciation to young children.
Debbie has visited more than 25 countries, living and teaching ESL in quite a few. This story was inspired by her multiple trips to Vietnam, where the rich and vibrant culture sang to her. She believes that the ancient city of Hue is undeniably one of the most majestic imperial cities of years past.
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Debbie Doctofsky-Solomon is a graduate of City University of New York at Hunter College Masters in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program. Debbie has taught English as a Second Language to children and adults of all levels in various community colleges in New York, New Jersey and overseas.Review:
Your books arrived in very good time, and this evening I had an opportunity to read them. For me, the stories were very sweet, each having interesting descriptions of life in another culture, and each providing a model of respectful and compassionate behavior. Such an important example for children!
The style of the illustrations was unique, and it conveyed an atmosphere of another land far away from our country. The stories were easy to read and provided a situation in which one could anticipate how the situation would be resolved. What put me over the edge personally were the maps and geographical descriptions on the last page. Our kids, and many adults, need to see beyond our borders. That was always one of my important goals during the time that I served in various roles in public education.
On a personal note, I had forgotten about the swinging bridges that I had encountered when I was in Lhasa and mainland China. It's quite a sensation to traverse one of those! Your dedications were very touching, as well. Great job! --Nancy S.(former school Principal and ESL teacher)
Good to have a traveler in the circle! Especially one who's been to Vietnam! How amazing, I just can't begin to imagine what your experiences were like. Your book, shares a sweet innocence that I can't believe you captured so easily. Ok, maybe not so easily seeing all the travel and time and efforts but it comes across as a feel-good tale, one shared from generation to generation, and it's simply wonderful. The illustrations also, have a subtlety to them that I wondered if the artist were of Asian descent. I adore it. The reason why I wanted a second copy is exactly what you expressed. My thoughts were that my mom would be thrilled to introduce the story to her community in PA of which she has been the center since 1978. Again, thank you for a wonderful tale. --Thi N.
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