Some Interesting Finds in A Children’s Book

Posted: January 16, 2016 in Articles
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Not wanting to sit and twiddle my thumbs, I picked up a book entitled, “The Land I Lost” by Huynh Qyang Nhuong.


It was written by a man who grew up in a small village in the central highlands of Vietnam. He goes away to study, but he always wanted to return to his childhood home and live out the rest of his life there. Unfortunately, the war came and he could never go back to his village.

That’s sad enough, but there were also a number of interesting finds, some of which I could find no verification for. If you know anything about the following, feel free to chime in!

How to Escape a Python’s Clutch: raise your arms and let the python coil around you. Hold its head away from you so it can’t bite you and with your other hand, hold the tail. Bite very lightly on the tail and the snake will not squeeze you to death. Then you can walk to safety. Beware you don’t bite too hard, or the snake will squeeze you to death.

The Vulnerable Spot on a Wild Hog: is its throat and most of its neck. The rest of the hog is covered with a tough armor created from sap from an “oil tree”. Parasites and instinct cause the hog to rub against this tree which drips its sap on the hog when the bark is damaged. When the sap dries, it protects the animal and the older the wild hog is, the thicker the armor.

There’s more, but you get the idea. This is a great book for younger children – even though I read it 🙂 It’s short and interesting. You could even read it to them. I used to enjoy when my parents read books to me.

*** Warning *** Some stories told are a bit brutal and/or barbaric because we live such sanitized lives, so a parent would want to read the book before passing it on to their child.

  1. atkokosplace says:

    I loved to read to my kids. One of my favorite memories! I think it’s wonderful you have such a wide range in your choice of books. I will be going to Vietnam in the summer. Stories like this one often time are folk tales told over and over. Yes sometimes they seem far fetched and wild, but often times there are meanings behind the words. Reading is so much fun and hey I still pick up a “kids” book from time to time. I built into a corner of my house a library with tall book shelves you need a ladder in order to get to the top! I still have many of the books I read to my kids. Happy reading to you! 🙂

    • I hope you’ll be able to write about your experiences this summer and include a lot of photographs… and of course, be careful!

      • atkokosplace says:

        I will be posting list of pics for sure. I’m going there in hopes to help round out a book I’m writing. I will be posting on Instagram a lot. I will let ya know when if you want to follow for a short time. I will be careful. Travel can be scary. I hear they will rip a camera right off your neck! But I will be going with a few people so I think there may be safety in numbers! 🙂

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