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Lao Folktales


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This selection includes the best-known and best-loved Lao folktales that have entertained the Lao people for generations, with illustrations by the foremost illustrator in Laos.

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IntroductionXieng Mieng Follows the King ExactlyThe Tragic Tale of the Flying TurtleIt Tastes SweetThe Bottle of HoneyMonkey Hearts for LunchHow Xieng Mieng Got His NameThe Tug of WarWhat's in the Bamboo Tube?The Magic Cloth ContestThe Bird that Spoke Five Languages FluentlyThe Lion's LunchXieng Mieng's RevengeSpeed vs. CunningThe King Tries to Trick Xieng MiengThree Friendly FliesA Cure for the KingThe Painting ContestThe King of the JungleThe Intrepid ToadThe King Loses His AppetiteThe King's CatThe Tiger RetiresThe Last Trick

About the Author

Steven Epstein lived in Laos from 1990 to 1997. He worked for the Swedish government setting up English training programs in different ministries.

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