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Ten Mice for Tet! Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 1, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-This accessible counting book is a lovely introduction to the Vietnamese New Year. Each spread features a short sentence ("1 mouse plans a party. 2 mice go to market") that is expanded upon by detailed pictures showing the preparations of thevillage. Remarkable, vividly colored, embroidered artwork enhances the text. The textural quality is still perceptible even though the pieces have been photographed, and readers are able to see the individual stitches in this fine workmanship. A thin black outline highlights the bright, flat figures whose faces have a cartoonlike look. Extensive endnotes following the number sequence take readers back through the book and allow for a more comprehensive explanation of the holiday. In this section, Vietnamese words are followed by the pronunciation in parentheses. This multileveled approach allows this title to be used with children of a wide range of ages. An excellent addition to any collection.
Tali Balas, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City
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PreS-Gr. 2. In a traditional counting-book format, mice prepare for their Tet celebration, from "one mouse" that plans a party to "ten mice" that watch fireworks. The bright, lively pictures, which convey various activities associated with the Tet celebration, were drawn on paper and then transferred to cloth and embroidered in cotton thread. The bare-bones text is a vehicle for the vibrant art, but it does provide a festive introduction to Tet for young children. Older children will examine the embroidery and discover more information in the notes. Appended notes elaborate on the text, explaining Vietnamese customs and traditions. The notes also provide pronunciation assistance, noting regional variations. An excellent choice for multicultural studies, this handsome counting book deserves a place in most collections. Linda Perkins
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What is really special about this book is that the pictures that tell the story of this book aren't actually illustrated but are embroidered! The work is absolutely incredible. And this is what the dust cover says about the author and embroidered.
American Cynthia Weill discovered the embroideries created in the village Quat Dong while she ran the education department of an international relief organization in Hanoi, Vietnam. She thought the embroideries would make beautiful illustrations for a book, so she contacted an author friend, Pegi Deitz Shea, who has written about Aoutheast Asia since her visit there in 1989. Together they came up with the idea for Ten Mice for Tet.
To create the illustrations, award-winning children's book illustrator To Ngoc Trang (pronounced Toe Knock Chang) drew the pictures to be embroidered. Then the embroiderer Pham Viet Dinh (pronounced Pam Tight Deen)laid the pictures over a piece of cloth and stuck pins through the picture's outline. He sprinkled blue powder over the pinholes, which left the outline on the cloth when the picture was lifted. He then embroidered the cloth with cotton thread. A special camera photographed the embroideries so that the book can be printed.
An incredible book on New Year's celebrations for multi-cultural programs, for families with children adopted from Vietnam. This book would be terrific for the year of the rat and is also a counting book from 1 - 10.