The first day of January is New Year's Day in western culture but in Vietnam the "Feast of the First Day" otherwise known as Tet Nyen Don (Tet), is celebrated at the end of January and the beginning of February over the course of four days. Through beautifully embroidered pictures, this richly colored picture books teaches us all about Tet as ten mice set about counting their way through the preparations for the great day. There is a party to be planned and the house to clean. There is dance and play amidst the dragon costumes and streamers. There are presents to open and fortunes to be told. In one double spread we see a variety of Vietnamese musical instruments as eight "mice make music." There's a gaiety and a strong sense of tradition on every page right down to the tasty treats and ending with an explosion of color as "10 mice watch fireworks." This is a beautiful way to share a different kind of New Year's celebration with children.
Ten Mice for Tet