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Children's Novel Set in Thailand

EVEN A LITTLE IS SOMETHING: STORIES OF NONFor a close-up glimpse of a child's life in rural Isaan (N.E. Thailand) read EVEN A LITTLE IS SOMETHING: STORIES OF NONG by Tom Glass. Linnet Books, 1999.

Glass, a long-time teacher at Mahasarakham University in Isaan, has created perfect gem-like short stories here. Each deals with one small but meaningful day in the life of young Nong and her teenage sister. Nong explores her village and the countryside around, learning from everyone she meets and from her older sister, who has problems of her own. Each chapter finishes itself off in such a sparkling manner, that any could be read independently as a read-aloud. Don't miss this one!

Tom Glass and his wife, Kanok-on Glass live in Carbondale, Illinois. Kanok-on (one of my Mahasarakham storytelling students) is available for school and library visits, telling stories from Thailand and talking about Tom's book. Tom, now a professor at Southern Illinois University, is available for author visits.