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The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland

The Lotus Seed (edition 1997)

by Sherry Garland, Tatsuro Kiuchi (Illustrator)

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Title:The Lotus Seed
Authors:Sherry Garland
Other authors:Tatsuro Kiuchi (Illustrator)
Info:Sandpiper (1997), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Tags:Vietnam, war, history, tradition

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The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland



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A unique look into the values of a different culture, and how war can affect a family. One suggestion- read the author's not on the last page before reading the story to have a better understanding of the significance of the events talked about. (Historical Fiction)
  apoffenroth13 | Feb 3, 2015 |
An unusual book of Vietnamese culture. I like it. It carries through the generations and outlines many of the important moments in Vietnamese history with a nice synopsis of the events mentioned within right at the end. It's unusual for its topic and it's well presented for its audience. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Summary: This story is about a young woman from Vietnam who sees a powerful emperor lose all of his power. She saves a lotus seed to remind her of that time and she carries it with her wherever she goes. When they have to leave Vietnam she keeps the seed with her and when shes in America it ends up being planted and then she passes seed from it on to her younger grandchildren.
Genre Critique: This would be a historical fiction because it focuses on real life events from the past, but the characters are all fictional.
Character Critique: The main woman in this story is very dynamic because of how much change she goes through. She starts as a young woman who eventually gets married, loses her husband, has to flee Vietnam, to helping raise a family on her own and surviving in a foreign land to them.
  TylerSmith | Apr 16, 2013 |
This is a realistic fiction book about a girl's grandmother, who during the time of emperors in Vietnam (and the French-Vietnamese war), saved a lotus seed to remember the last emperor. She kept her seed wherever she went, and when war broke out in her country and she had to flee, it was one of the only things she took with her. When she went to America as a refugee, she was frightened, but always remembered the seed. One day, her grandson, the brother of the girl telling the story, planted the seed. This was much to her grandmother's dismay, until one day, a beautiful lotus flower began to bloom. Then she passed a lotus seed on to all of her grandchildren, for the lotus flower is the Vietnamese flower of hope and life.
This is a good example of realistic fiction because it follows the real major historical events of Vietnam's quest for independence and is realistic in the customs and values of the culture.
This book us done in oil paint.
This book could be a good resource for lessons about culture.
This book could be used in lessons about international history.
  ChantalBerho | Nov 2, 2012 |
The Lotus seed.
  MGraysonk12 | Apr 3, 2012 |
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When she is forced to leave Vietnam, a young girl brings a lotus seed with her to America in remembrance of her homeland. “Exquisite artwork fuses with a compelling narrative--a concise endnote places the story effectively within a historical context--to produce a moving and polished offering.”--Publishers Weekly

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A young Vietnamese girl saves a lotus seed and carries it with her everywhere to remember a brave emperor and the homeland that she has to flee.

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