File0006.jpg (79676 bytes)Lynette Dyer Vuong
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    Lynette Dyer Vuong was born in Owosso, Michigan, site of Curwood Castle, the studio of adventure writer James Oliver Curwood. At the age of seven she began to write in a "castle" of her own: a large upstairs closet with a window that opened onto a world of fairy tales, myths and legends, and adventures in distant times and places. While studying at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she met a student from Vietnam and, soon after, married him in Saigon. During the thirteen years she lived there, three of her four children were born, she taught English as a second language, and Highlights For Children published her first short story. Following this success, numerous short stories, articles, and poems have been published in national magazines. Her historical saga manuscript The Shadow of the Sickle won first place in a national fiction-writing contest. Lynette has a B.A in Classical Studies and an M.A. in English from the University of Houston and has studied Modern Greek in Athens and Thessalonki.

       Lynette Dyer Vuong is a recipient of the Catholic Library Association's Ann Martin Book Award. She is past president of the Associated Authors of Children's Literature, Houston, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and of the Romance Writers of America. Her bio appears in Contemporary Authors (volume 117) and in Something About the Author (volumes  60 and 110).

    Ms. Vuong speaks and leads workshops on fiction writing and on folklore at schools, writers groups, and other organizations. Her programs, which are described in the Presentation section below, include Five Golden Rules of Fiction and A Close Encounter with an Asian Fairy, in which she appears in costume to tell about the life of the fairies along the Silver River (the Milky Way).

Published Books

The Brocaded Slipper and Other Vietnamese Tales by Lynette Dyer Vuong, Vo-Dinh Mai (Illustrator) Reading level: Ages 9-12 - 128 pages  (August 1992) HarperCollins Juvenile Booksbrocaded.jpg (104445 bytes)
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This collection of five Vietnamese fairy tales, rich in authentic cultural details, reveals the charm and appeal of stories popular with Vietnamese children for generations. Encompassing many familiar fairy tales elements, these enchanting stories bring to life the people and atmosphere of an ancient and abiding land. Readers will delight to meet some old friends in a new setting. Tam, like Cinderella, is mistreated by a cruel stepmother and discovered by a prince, thanks to a slipper, in the Brocaded Slipper. Little Finger in Little Finger of the Watermelon Patch is like Thumbelina, a tiny girl lost in the forest who later becomes a queen. The fairies Tu Thuc meets in The Fairy Grotto may be gentler than those Rip Van Winkle meets in the Catskills, but when he returns, his world is indeed altered. Delicate illustrations enhance the texts of these five tales.

Editorial Reviews
From ALA Booklist, Vuong's tellings are modern and smooth, and the stories are well chosen in terms of their potential appeal to children.
From School Library Journal,   "The stories are often more satisfyingly complex than their Western counterparts. The style is more intimate and conversational than is usual in folktales. An excellent and unusual addition to folklore collections."

Texas Bluebonnet Award List 1984-85
Georgia Children's Book Award nomination 1985-86

Sky Legends of Vietnam by Lynette Dyer Vuong, Dinh Mai Vo (Illustrator) 1993, HarperCollins, 128 pages HardbackFile0002.jpg (553301 bytes)

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A collection of traditional Vietnamese legends about the spirits and fairies ranging about the skies over Vietnam and the mortals under their influence exemplifies the universal fascination with the stars.
Editorial Reviews
From Booklist 
This collection of six Vietnamese tales opens with two simple pourquoi stories explaining how the sun and moon got their respective jobs in the sky. Following are four affecting, unusual stories, three of which concern sky fairies and their doomed relationships with humans. "The Moon Fairy," about the dehumanizing effect of greed upon a formerly poor but generous man, is a particularly powerful story....the stories should have wide appeal across age levels, and they easily will lend themselves to telling or reading aloud. Janice Del Negro
From Kirkus Reviews  An engaging collection, with appropriately brooding b&w illustrations. -- Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
From The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Vuong's experience of living in Saigon and learning the language makes her an invaluable translator of Vietnamese tradition for  young western readers and for immigrants' children who want to stay in touch with their heritage.
From Horn Book A useful and well-written collection of six Vietnamese folktales, which explain celestial phenomena and the relationship between legendary sky fairies and humans, is illustrated with attractive black-and-white prints.  -- Copyright 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, 1994

The Golden Carp : And Other Tales from Vietnam by Lynette Dyer Vuong, Manabu Saito (Illustrator), 1993. 128 pages LothropFile0003.jpg (1121329 bytes)

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A collection of ancient tales of courage, translated faithfully to the Vietnamese oral tradition, features stories of prowling panthers, brocaded mandarins, hawking merchants, and fairy spirits.                     

Editorial Reviews
From The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The author adapted six Vietnamese tales that have particular appeal to fairy tale readers because of the romantic themes woven through each. A man is saved from misfortune by his friend's beloved sister; another is saved by a woman from his friends betrayal; a sea captain disappears under water with a fish fairy; a rejected youngest daughter weds a prince; a warrior woman finds her true love on the battle field; and a poor scholar falls in love with a golden carp in human form...Vuong has stuck a good balance between folkloric distance and realistic detail. These are sharply focused and readable... its readership will extend cross-culturally.

From School Library Journal  Vuong retells (the tales) with gusto and great attention to detail, making each an evocative gem.
From Kirkus Reviews Six intriguing tales, retold by an author who's taught ESL in Vietnam, whose husband is Vietnamese, and who's had a lifelong interest in folklore.  -- Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
From Horn Book  The poetic text is filled with beautiful imagery that draws the reader into the fairy world and the culture of Vietnam. The illustrations, by a Japanese artist, are formal and stylized but full of action. -- Copyright 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.

NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies, 1994

File0004.jpg (812123 bytes)A Friend for Carlita (Happy Day Books) by Lynette D. Vuong, illustrator Joe Boddy, 1989, Standard (Happy Day Book)


A young girl named Kathy befriends a girl from El Salvador named Carlita. Their club decides to send a Christmas mission package to Carlita's hometown.

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Lynette Dyer Vuong visits elementary, middle, and high schools, in addition to doing teacher in-services and writers workshops, plus addressing other professional groups.

 File0005.jpg (52308 bytes)A Close Encounter with an Asian Fairy

features fairy magic, stories, and music. Appearing in flowing, colorful robes, carrying a tasseled wand that extends into a staff to fend off evil monsters, Vuong tells about life along the Silver River, the Asian fairyland -- known to mortals below as the Milky Way -- and explains how Asian fairies differ from Western ones. After making flowers appear and transforming Kleenex tissue into fine fabric, she shares stories and pictures of the Moon Fairy, the Weaver Fairy, and others -- stories that originated in China and spread to Korea, Japan and Vietnam. She tells how the world's first "astronaut" became "the man in the moon," then she presents a favorite song of Vietnamese children that celebrates the event.

Special Requirements:

  • A display table
  • Access to a microphone, preferably hand-held
  • A dressing room (not a restroom) with an electrical outlet and a table or countertop on which a suitcase can be set. The room should be in the same building as the room in which the performance takes place, since the fairy's shoes are not made to be worn outside.

Fee: $500 a day, for a maximum of three 30-45 minute performances (depending on age level), plus travel expenses (if outside the Houston area).

The Five Golden Rules of Fiction focuses on the writing process. Vuong shares the story of how she began to write and shows one of her first "books," written when she was eight years old, emphasizing the importance of persistence and patience and the need for revising one's work. Explaining: "You are never too young to be a published author," she shows examples of where young writers can send their work for publication. She then demonstrates such basics of good writing as developing a character, writing in scenes, using dialogue, showing motivation and foreshadowing, and revising -- techniques students can use not only to improve their own writing but also to increase their appreciation of what they read.

Special Requirements:

  • A display table

Fee: $350 a day, for a maximum of four 30-45 minute presentations (depending on age level), plus travel expenses (if outside the Houston area).

An in-depth presentation of the techniques outlined above is available for writing workshops.
Fee negotiable


Lynette Dyer Vuong
15211 Morning Dove Dr.
Humble, TX 77396

Phone (281)441-1554

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