Buy Used
$7.02
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by Orion LLC
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Missing dust jacket. Unbeatable customer service, and we usually ship the same or next day. Over one million satisfied customers!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Water Buffalo Days: Growing Up in Vietnam Hardcover – November, 1997


See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, November, 1997
$6.95 $0.01
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
100%20Children%27s%20Books%20to%20Read%20in%20a%20Lifetime

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Kindle FreeTime Unlimited
Free one month trial
Get unlimited access to thousands of kid-safe books, apps and videos, for one low price, with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. Get started for free. Learn more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; 1st edition (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060249579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060249571
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,404,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5?This story starts off slowly, but quickly picks up speed as the author remembers fondly his childhood days spent in the central highlands of Vietnam. He describes the people and animals of his village, focusing on his family's two water buffaloes that are his favorite playmates. After the first one dies, the boy's father finds a young replacement, Tank. Quang Nhuong is delighted and describes various escapades he shares with the bull, playing hide-and-seek, an encounter with a crocodile, and a battle with an otter. Most of the incidents described are entertaining and readers will learn fascinating information about the importance of these animals in this culture. A charming beginning chapter book about a child growing up in a distant land that will appeal to animal lovers everywhere. The Tsengs' soft sketches show Tank, his young master, and the various villagers mentioned in the text.?Mary M. Hopf, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

The village social life and customs in the central highlands of Vietnam prior to the involvement of the US provide an affecting platform for the author's warm memories of a childhood enriched by close relationships with the animals vital to the family's economic survival. Delicate pencil drawings accompany the first-person narrative that shows the role water buffaloes played during dry-season farming and rainy-season hunting. They were creatures of such importance that, when one named Water Jug dies of old age, it is only fitting that he is buried in the graveyard, ``as we had done for all the dead of our family.'' The boy hopes for a new bull with the same gentle temperament as Water Jug's, but his father has always dreamed of a replacement bull that would be not only a valuable worker, but a strong fighter and true leader when tigers, panthers, and lone wild hogs from the jungle threaten the village's herd. The father brings home a calf from a distant village, but delays naming him until his nature makes one apparent. After a fight in which he bests the reigning leader of the herd, the young bull is named Tank. Fierce in battle, Tank's gentleness otherwise earns him the respect of the village, and readers will come to admire him; his death, the result of ``a single misplaced bullet'' in a military skirmish, is very affecting. In Tank's passing, the author brings home the waste of war, in a book written from the heart. (Autobiography. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from our local library, thinking it was just any other book. When I read the book, I enjoyed reading the adventures. Later on, I was surprised to discover that all the adventures were true. People could learn a lot from this book, not only about where the author lives but lessons in life, as well. After I returned the book, I decided to read it again, and this time, I borrowed both of the author's books. I've really enjoyed these books and think that children would benefit from reading these books, too. I hope that the author writes some more books about his memories.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By susie liddell on November 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As an elementary school teacher who loves children's literature, I try to read all the Bluebonnet books every year. This was one of the best. I really learned about life in a Vietnamese village from the perspective of a young boy. Even without learning this background, the book is a great story for all children and adults who love animals.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Before I read this book with my son I told him what I learned about Vietnam from growing up with the war on TV. The Vietnam of this story is not the same place.The author and his water buffalo, Tank, face many dangers together. Tank protects the herd and the village and his young master from dangers such as otters, crocodiles, wild boars and tigers. Only the last chapter mentions the human dangers we've come to associate with Vietnam, and it leaves the reader wishing that those dangers had never visited that country. I recommend this book to any of the now well over 30 generation who'd like to discuss the history they lived through with their children or grand children.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite book that I've ever read because I like how the author describes his life. I read this book because it was a Bluebonnet book at my school. I never knew that I would like it this much. I just picked it out, and started to read it at the library. My favorite part was when Tank(the waterbuffalo) fights the herd's leader (Hurricane) and wins. I think you should read this book because it tells about a boy's life in Vietnam.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By christina on March 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
The author is the young child in this story. He described his relationship with two of the family buffaloes. One water buffalo name was Water Jug. The other buffalo's name was Tank. Water Jug died of old age. After Water Jug died Ngoung[the young child in the story]and his fater went looking for buffalo. The found a great young bull. Ngoung and the buffalo played alot. One day a war spread over their country. A bullet hit Tank and one hour after the war Tank died.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
As a youth in school, I watched several movies featuring water buffalo in action. They also appeared on television rather frequently as the war in Southeast Asia was raging. However, there was little mention of the close bond between the people and their herd of water buffalo and this book fills the gap. The title character is a young boy growing up in Vietnam before the war engulfed the nation and it is written for the child in late elementary school.
Despite his size and power, the alpha male water buffalo called Tank was a gentle creature, serving as a pet to the children. They rode him around and held onto his tail to be drug along the ground. Nevertheless, when there was danger to the herd, Tank fought the attacker to the death, a battle with a wild boar and a tiger are chronicled in this book. There is also a sad ending, when the war finally comes to their village, Tank falls victim to a stray bullet.
This book is an excellent introduction to the life of the Asian peasant, their daily life and the tight bond that develops between farmers and their draft animals.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luna Ville on June 17, 2013
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
A deceptively simple story with a powerful message, Water Buffalo Days features language that is child friendly yet beautiful. This book would be an excellent choice to read aloud to a class between first and fifth grade. Our family has long owned a copy, but I purchased a second because this is the one book out of quite a number of books we own that both kids want to inherit.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?