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by Quang Nhuong Huynh

illustrated by Mai Vo-Dinh



The land I love was lost to me forever.
These stories are my memories….Huynh Quang Nhuong grew up in the highlands if Vietnam, next to the jungle teeming with wildlife. Encounters with tigers, wild hogs, and deadly snakes were as much a part of his life as tending the rice fields while on the back of his pet water buffalo, Tank. Here are fifteen tale that will transport you into a world of lush beauty and terrible danger — and a way of life that is gone forever.


  • William Allen White Children’s Book Award (Kansas): General Category (winners prior to 2001)


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, Ages 9-12, Autobiography, Identity