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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
Collections:Wishlist
Rating:*****
Tags:Vietnam, war, history, tradition

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This historical fiction is a beautiful story that allows readers to get a glimpse of the value of history for Vietnamese people. The Lotus Seed tells the story of a woman who sees the emperor loose his throne, experience war, and immigrate to the United States. This book is appropriate intermediate readers. ( )
  jenniferm14 | Mar 9, 2015 |
Beautifully written and illustrated story about a family that is forced to leave Vietnam during the war and immigrate to the US. The Lotus Seed represents the culture and memories they needed to leave behind. The grandmother kept the seed in the drawer until her brother took the seed and planted. At first the grandmother was upset that the seed was gone, and couldn't be found, but in the spring the lotus flower bloomed as a beautiful reminder that their culture is still with them even in their new home far away from Vietnam. ( )
  zsvandyk | Mar 2, 2015 |
A young girl is forced to leave Vietnam with her family during war. The girl brings back a lotus seed, and treasures it for years to come. She then passes it on to other loved ones. On accident, someone plants the seed and it soon grows into beautiful blooms.
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 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152014837, Paperback)

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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