Nine-In-One, Grr! Grr!: A Folktale from the Hmong People of Laos

Blia Xiong, Author, Blia, Author, Nancy Hom, Illustrator Children's Book Press (CA) $14.95 (30p) ISBN 978-0-89239-048-9
When Tiger inquires of the great god Shao how many cubs she will have, she is admonished that only if she remembers his reply--nine cubs each year--will it hold true. ``Nine-in-one, Grr! Grr!'' she sings as she heads home. The clever Eu bird wishes a more favorable tiger-to-bird ratio and so tricks Tiger into singing, instead, ``One-in-nine, Grr! Grr!''--and that is why the earth is not overrun with tigers today. This imaginative folktale provides a rare window into the lore of the Hmong people of Laos, yet is anything but parochial or arcane in its appeal. It embraces a range of universal qualities, from loneliness to joyful anticipation to deviousness and guile, and portrays its characters with sympathy and wit. Hom's strikingly colorful paintings, modeled on the appliqued ``story cloths'' of the Hmong, ably capture a sense of character and landscape and extend the fable's whimsy and good humor. Ages 4-10. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
Prebound-Other - 30 pages - 978-0-606-05510-9
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