Đúng là Tết / This is Tết / a story about Vietnamese Lunar New Year
With its cute short verses and lively illustrations, “This is Tết” is an absolute favorite of many kids in Vietnam. It is one of the best selling children's books in Vietnam during the Lunar New Year, and was originally published by Vietnamese children's publishing house, Kim Dong. This is the first time the book is also published in North America!
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK IS IN VIETNAMESE.
The idea of ‘This is Tết’ came to author Tam and illustrator Mai as they wish to create a book that can touch the heart of Vietnamese mothers reading to their children, and to help Vietnamese kids living everywhere learn about their roots with exciting visuals and verses.
Mai and Tam spent a Tết holiday capturing precious moments in their family’s activities, and especially the facial expression of Tam’s two-year-old daughter, a city child experiencing her first traditional Tết. Mai’s character designs were based on Tam’s family members - a typical Vietnamese family of four generations living together. The setting of the book was in Mai’s hometown in Cổ Bản Village and memories of Tết from Mai’s childhood.
‘Đúng là Tết’ was featured on the homepage of New York’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators website in April, 2020 and exhibited in Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2020 organized by Singapore Book Council.
about 10.6 x 8.6 inches, softcover, 44 pages in total
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I own all the tiny wrist books and this one does not disappoint. I hope they continue to make many more books.
This is one of my favorite Vietnamese books purchased! I am first generation Vietnamese and my reading skills are not the best but found this book easy to read to my three year old son! He has even started to memorize it. It flows great and tells the traditions of Tet very well! Love it and can’t wait to share it with others
And as a Vietnamese myself, I can tell you that this book does a wonderful job illustrating the wonderful things about the Vietnamese celebration of the lunar new year (Tet). I use this book to teach my son about Tet.