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Lao Folktales [Paperback]

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Item description for Lao Folktales by Steven Jay Epstein...

Here in one slim volume is a selection of the best-known and best-loved Lao folktales that have entertained the Lao people for generations. We meet the legendary trickster Xieng Mieng who matches his wits with merchants, monks, and kings. We find a quick-witted toad that terrifies tigers, a turtle that flies, a cadre of snails that race a rabbit, and a mynah bird that speaks five languages fluently.

The reader may recognize a whisper of Aesop or a Jataka tale, but each story is distinctively Lao, retold with Lao humor and charm reflecting a Buddhist culture in a Marxist state. Works by Anoulom Souvandouane, the foremost illustrator in Laos, enliven the stories.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Silkworm Books
Pages   113
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 2006
Publisher   Silkworm Books
ISBN  9749575873  
ISBN13  9789749575871  

Availability  57 units.
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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steven Epstein lived in Laos from 1990 to 1997. He worked for the Swedish government setting up English training programs in different ministries.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Fairy Tales
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > Asian
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > Folklore
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > General
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > General
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > General
7Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups

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GREATEST BOOK EVER!!!  Jun 27, 2006
Okay so maybe I'm a bit biased because my uncle wrote the book. It is a fun read, fast paced Aesop-ish stories with a Lao twist. The illustrations are extremely detailed too.

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