Sunday, February 25, 2018

Chúng tôi thăm Việt Nam (We Visit Vietnam)


Last week we traveled in my school library to Vietnam. One of our first grade teachers, Ms. Diep, shared some Vietnamese clothing, Vietnamese decorative wooden plates, and Vietnamese red envelopes (for celebrating the Chinese New Year in Vietnam) with us. She also brought in some mums which are given, she told us, to people for good luck in Vietnam. I read my new favorite story, A Different Pond written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui, to my classes; from PreK to second grade, they were mesmerized by the beautiful words and illustrations.

Next week will be Dr. Seuss' birthday in our school. Lots of Oh, The Places You Will Go and Cat in the Hat and (my favorite) Green Eggs and Ham. It's always a delightful week.


I've been reading steadily along in both Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino and Italian Days by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison. I'll probably continue to read them next week. They are both over 500 pages.

What are you reading today?

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  1. Your Vietnam week sounds wonderful. Great to let the kids know about a different culture. And Dr. Seuss week - fun, fun, fun!

  2. Oh - what a treat! To have a Vietnam week sounds like so much fun - it's the bit I miss about no longer teaching in a school. And as for Dr Seuss - oh heaven... Have a wonderful week, Deb:)

  3. That sounds like a fun week! I am glad there is a teacher, teaching kids about other cultures out there. Have a wonderful week of reading!

    Mary #SundayRoundup #7

  4. How wonderful that you enjoy your school activities so much! I hope Doctor Seuss week goes well.

  5. I love traveling through books (and movies)! Enjoy the week, and thanks for sharing. I also love Dr. Seuss books.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog, and I, too, find sports boring. LOL

    1. I almost can't admit that...gulp!...I find sports boring.

  6. When I was in the classroom one of my students' favorite units was when I brought in all my Middle Eastern clothing, jewelry, etc. I love that you do the same in your library.

  7. I love adding your Italian books to my TBR pile. I think these will help me learn more about my husband's heritage and prepare for our 2021 trip to the "mother country" :)

  8. The Vietnam and Dr. Seuss stuff looks like a lot of fun. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. Always something fun happenin' at the library!

  10. Horton Hatches the Egg has always been my favorite by Dr. Seuss. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  11. Where in the thick of Dr. Seuss week at my son's school. Tomorrow is Oh the Places You'll Go day where the kids where shirts from the college they want to go to or dress like what they want to be when they grow up. I know Fox in Socks day is coming up soon so I'm going to have to find some crazy socks! The Vietnam "trip" sounds fascinating. What a wonderful way for the kids to travel. Hopefully it will inspire them to visit other places that way.

  12. Vietnamese culture, Dr.Seuss, Italian tales and history -- what a great selection of mental activities! "Your" kids are lucky.

    best... mae at

  13. My kids have aged out of the Dr. Seuss week stuff. My weekly update

  14. The Vietnam trip sounds so fun! I'm so jealous right now, I love traveling. I original thought your school had spirit week before I saw it was just celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday XD.

    Have a great week!

  15. Vietnam, I envy you! Thanks for sharing this with us. And thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Best wishes
    Vi @Inkvotary

  16. I just finished The Distant Hours, all 500+ pages. It was amazingly well-written, beautiful, poetic descriptions and fine characterization. It had romance, mystery, family dynamics, madness, secrets, something for every taste. It kept me turning pages until it was done.


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