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Dia's Story Cloth Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-18 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:1880000636
LANGUAGE:English

" This book is surely a good read. The story of the little girl's culture is very interesting, and the pictures that go along with it are even better. I would probably use this for some sort of culture activity. " said.

" A good introduction to the contemporary history of the Hmong emigration from Laos following the American withdrawal from the Vietnam conflict, an intimate look at the personal experience of one refuge, and a great example of cultural art that conveys histories and experiences. " said.

" This is a book I respect a lot, but I don't actually like it in the slightest. It covers two important subjects--Hmong history and art--but the text is pretty darned dry and boring. Should you read it? Absolutely. Will it be a book you'll love? I'm not so sure about that. " said.

" Dia Cha's story of her family's story cloth. Colorful, interesting, maybe a little flat for what one might hope from the telling, but the process of Hmong story cloth is very much knowing about. There's a short section on the background and history of the making of these cultural and historical and narrative artifacts. " said.

" The story cloth is beautiful and I would love to see one in real life. I can't believe Hmong women stitch the images from their imaginations. My one concern with this book is if it would be engaging for children. There is a lot of text on each page, and the needlework, while beautiful, isn't as eye-catching as some children's book images. " said.

"Following the image of the “story cloth” this picture book tells the tale of Dia Cha, a displaced Hmong American who gained asylum in the United States after escaping her native Laos and living in a refugee camp in Thailand for four years. Dia’s “story cloth” does not encompass only her own story, but relates to the story of her whole family and Hmong culture at large. Although this is a shorter text, it is worth including in even a high school curriculum due to its thoughtful examination of the experiences of Hmong refugees and Hmong culture. This book could be used as a supplementary text when exploring Asian cultures, historical texts, or texts involving war and conflict. " said.

" I've never seen a story told like this one. The details in the cloth are incredible. " said.

" Beautiful, gentle introduction to the Hmong people and their history. The story is similar to other refugee stories, but the illustrations (all come from a Hmong story cloth) are breathtaking and add authenticity and emotion to the author's voice. Recommended! " said.

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