My First Book of Vietnamese Words

2017 Honorable Mention – Children’s Literature

My First Book of Vietnamese Words Tran Thi Minh Phuoc, illustrated by Nguyen Thi Hop and Nguyen Dong (Tuttle Publishing; Bilingual edition)

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran provides a wealth of information for young children about celebrations, fruits, plants, insects and animals, special foods, clothing, and traditional values in this rhyming alphabet book of Vietnamese words.  The illustrations are colorful, clear, and accurate, showing daily activities in both country and city homes.  Linguistic and cultural notes enrich the content.  The publisher’s website contains supporting audio and print material, allowing readers to hear the spoken Vietnamese, including a few of its unique sounds.