Journey to the River of Perfumes by Debbie Doctofsky-Solomon
*I received the above mentioned book for review purposes, all opinions are 100% my own*
"Journey to the River of Perfumes" tells the story of a young, Lan, who lives in Vietnam. As she notices the orchid flowers blooming in the trees Lans remembers something her Grandmother once told her, "If one makes a wish while throwing flower petals into the River of Perfumes, the wish would come true."
Lan decides to make the journey to the River of Perfumes, which flows along the edge of the emperor's palace. As she travels she encounters several people needing her help: a boy on a run away buffalo, a lady who has spilled her rice seeds, and a fisherman with a tangled net. Once she makes it to the river she is exhausted and quickly makes her wish before heading home to her mother. Once home Lan tells her mother how her wish had came true before she had even made it to the river. What do you think her wish was?
(Lan helping the fisherman untangle his net.)
As Lan travels to the River of Perfumes readers travel along with her learning bit by bit of the Vietnamese culture as she makes stops to help the people along the way. The watercolor pictures by illustrator Silvia Dotti are absolutely amazing and bursting with color which helps bring life to the story. My favorite page in the book however is the map at the end of the story where readers can see where the River of Perfumes is and learn a little about the history of the Vietnamese emperor.
You can purchase your copy of " Journey to the River of Perfumes" by Debbie Doctofsky Solomon HERE. If you would like to extend your reading make sure to check out the activities on the site. You can learn how to make Pho, a noodle recipe that Lan ate along her journey as well as a geography activity, maze, coloring pages, word puzzles and more!
This book and the accompanying activities would make a fun unit study for your homeschool!
This post was written as a part of "Turning Pages Week!"