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Book Description from the front Cover Flap CoverIt's time for Tet! This colorful counting book introduces children to the rich traditions of the Vietnamese new year. A village of playful mice lead young readers through the joyful celebration, as exquisitely embroidered illustrations recreate ten scenes of preparation, gift giving, feasting, and firework displays. With simple text and an informative afterword, Ten Mice for Tet is an engaging tribute to a special holiday.
Comments from the front Cover Flap Cover"…a marvelous showcase for Viet Dinh's embroidery…exuberant compositions will hold the interest of even the youngest readers."
"Remarkable, vividly colored…an excellent addition to any collection."
"…an inviting, informative introduction to the holiday."
Background on the Creators of the BookAmerican Cynthia Weill discovered the embroideries created in the villiage 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 Southeast 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 Viet Deen) laid the pictures over a piece of cloth and stuck pins through the picture's outlines. 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 the book could be printed.
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