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Ms. Xiong '10 Reviews Two Books for February 28th


Piggy Book Phoo Ntawv Npua Pau Ntawv Npuaby Anthony Browne 
Nine in one Grrr! Grrr! Cuaj Tug Ib Xyoos Mlaug! Mlaug!Told by Blia Xiong,Adapted by Cathy Spagnoli, and Illustrated by Nancy Hom
Heckedy Peg by Audrey Woodand Illustrated by Don Wood

The Piggy Bookby Anthony Browne,Heckedy Pegby Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood, andNine in One Grrr! Grrr! told by Blia Xiong, adapted by Cathy Spagnoli, and Illustrated by Nancy Hom are three fictional stories that is written in both English and Hmong. The Piggy Book and Heckedy Peg,similar to Hmong folklore stories will teach children a valuable lesson about life. Nine in One on the other hand is a mythical story that serves to explain something in life. These are all nicely written and beautifully illustrated picture books fit for all ages. Although these are children's books, and books that are meant to teach children a lesson or explain something to them, no one is never too old to learn something new or taught a lesson. Reading as Ms. Beaman has said is a "life long learning" skill.

Brief summary of the books:

The Piggy Book by Browne, is a story about the life of a house mother. It introduces her family's lifestyle and what she does daily. She cooks, cleans, and works all day long taking care of her two sons and her husband. Until one day she has had enough of them and decides to leave. In her note she called them PIGS! The father and his sons left without the mother had no one to care for them. They lived their days without good food, a clean lifestyle, or anyone to care for them. Those days since she left has been terrible and they begged for their mother to return. In the end their mother did return and since then they have begun to start helping with household chores. This made the mother really happy. The moral lesson here is to not take anyone for granted, and appreciate those that care about you and love you, because you won't know how much that person means to you until they are gone.

Heckedy Peg by Wood, is a story about a mother and her seven children each named after one day of the week. Every time the mother leaves for the market she would ask her children what they would like from the market and one by one they would they would tell her. Before she left she warned her children to not go near a stranger and not touch or make a fire. Unfortunately, while she was away her children gave her children to a stranger (Heckedy Peg) who offered to give the children gold. Once Heckedy Peg entered the house she turned them into food and took her off to her house for a feast. When the mother returned she went searching for her children and found them with Heckedy Peg. At first Heckedy Peg refuses to let the mother enter her home, but the mother lied that she had cut off her legs and Heckedy allowed her entrance. When she entered she demanded to get her children back, but Heckedy Peg said only if she can guess correctly which children is which food. Knowing by the things her children requested she was able to guess all her children correctly and turned them back to human. She chased Heckedy Peg out of the house and over a bridge. The lesson here is for kids to not let a stranger into your house or talk to a stranger.

Nine in One told by Xiong, is a Hmong folk story about a lonely tiger seeking to find some company. She traveled far to speak with a Shao to ask for children. When she met the Shao he told her that she'll have nine cubs in a year, but she must remember that otherwise it won't happen. As she makes her way back home she repeated to herself, "nine-in-one, nine-in-one, nine-in-one." As she continues to recite it a crow overheard her. Frightened, the crow rushed to the Shao to propose his concern. Crow thinks that tiger having nine cubs a year will endanger us all, but there was nothing that Shao could do since it is what he said, but like he told tiger that is only if she remembers what she was told. Relieved, the crow rushed back to find the tiger. He was successful and tiger did forget, but crow told her that crow remembers what she was reciting. Crow switched the words on tiger and said it was one in nine years and that is what tiger continues to recite. According to myths this is why the Hmong believes that there are not many tigers around today.