Written by: Soulath Damronphol
Illustrated by: Sikko Milakong
Publisher/Year: Room to Read, 2011?
If I'm not mistaken this book came out in 2011. I've only seen digital copies of it through Room to Read's website and blog. I absolutely think it's great. It's a kids book so the writing is simple and straightforward. And of course the incredibly beautiful and cute water paintings really help to bring this book alive.
Not only would this be great to read in a classroom but if you're a parent who wants to read and show your child what happens during Lao New Year, this book would be it. There's various depictions of cleaning up one's home, water throwing festival fun, going to the temple, going to a baci, water pouring over the Buddha, etc. Is it weird that I'm a grown adult who is loves this book!? What can I say? It's a cute book!
I've placed all the pages of the book on here below. I've done this only because I know that the organization that created it has also shared this book not only both in Laos but also online free of charge on their website and blog. All credit goes to their organization and those who were involved in this book (as noted above).
FYI: Room to Read is an iNGO invovled in education and literacy is developing countries. They do wonderful work. To learn more about them or to give them some support check out their links: