Thai Children's Favorite Stories: Fables, Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales
Author: Marian D. Toth
Illustrator: Patcharee Meesukhon
Publisher: Tuttle: 2019
In captivating text and illustrations, this beautiful multicultural children's book presents a collection of cherished fables, myths, legends and fairy tales from Thailand that have been passed down through generations of Thai families.The nine charming stories in this book feature clever princesses, warring gods and goddesses, foolish kings, and wily tigers, against a backdrop of traditional Thai village life. They deal with the universal values that parents everywhere want to teach their children, such as good versus evil, right versus wrong, and wisdom versus foolishness. Stories include "How The Thais Learned to Be Calm," when a small village argument escalates into a terrible war; "Princess Golden Flower and the Vulture King," in which a brave princess saves herself from an evil king; and "The Gold Harvest" in which a wise father-in-law tricks his lazy son-in-law into working hard for his family. Curated and narrated by Marion D. Toth and illustrated by Thai artist Patcharee Meesukhon, this collection will provide children with an insight into the traditional Thai culture, and the values and lifestyle of its people. This book will be enjoyed by children ages six to ten, as well as by their parents. Other Thai stories in this book include:
- How the Bay of Bangkok Came to Be
- Why Do We Have Thunder and Lightning?
- The Wisest Man in Siam
- There is No Such Thing As a Secret
- How the Tiger Got its Stripes
- The Footprint of the Buddha
About the Author
Marian D. Toth is a writer and teacher with a fascination for folklore. A native of Montana, she received her B.A. in English Literature from Eastern College in St. David's Pennsylvania and her M.A. and D.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent time in Thailand where she taught creative writing at the International School in Bangkok, and has published many articles about Thai legends and culture. Thailand native Patcharee Meesukhon has illustrated numerous children's books for publishers in Thailand, Australia, India and other parts of the world.
"...This wonderful book, with quality binding, paper, and printing, tells nine stories, each one soon to be another child's favorite...The illustrations are lovely, the writing engaging, and the stories delightful." -- KidsR.US blog
"This one takes us to Thailand and shares a bit of the country's culture through its stories...The illustrations add to it by seeing how gods and goddesses are traditionally portrayed. All of this adds to one's understanding of another culture and, in our world climate lately, I think we all need a bit more of this understanding." -- Crafty Moms Share blog