[Asia's Lost Legends] Lang Liêu: The Prince and the Precious Rice Cakes
Illustrated by Tran Dac Trung
In ancient Vietnam, there once lived a King called Hung Vuong. He was a benevolent king who ruled wisely and with much kindness. As Hung Vuong grew old, he had to pick one of his children to succeed him. To help him decide, the sons were given an important task to prepare a meal fit for a king. The two older sons journeyed to the farthest lands to find the rarest ingredients. The youngest, Lang Liêu, was a humble prince who merely prepared a simple meal with great care, using locally harvested rice grains, Vietnam’s most precious edible commodity. While his brothers impressed their father with exotic dishes using the most exclusive ingredients, Lang Liêu fashioned simple glutinous rice cakes for the king—the bánh chưng and bánh giầy. Who will win the crown and rule the land?
About the Author
Veteran author, editor and publisher, Catherine Khoo is the founder and director of Janus Education, Singapore’s first boutique publisher of imprints for under-18s, by under-18s. She was editor-in-chief of Asia 21, the only Asian publication that has been selected by the Ministry of Education as essential reading for their Humanities syllabus. Catherine is also the creator behind the Savvy series, having published two bestselling books: Singapore Savvy: 50 Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow and Malaysia Savvy: Top Profiles in Management. She is also the author of Love Notes and Golden Legends, a collection of legends from around the world, and the Asia’s Lost Legends series.
About the Illustrator
Tran Dac Trung is a Vietnamese national who grew up listening to this folktale, so it was truly fortuitous that as an adult, he has come to illustrate for Lang Liêu: The Prince and the Precious Rice Cakes. He has illustrated for various children's books in Asia and Europe, including Lions Can Fly for the Republicn of Singapore Air Force and a picture book for the Ministry of Health's campaign to promote awareness for life care issues. He is also an artist and administrator for the Band of Doodlers (a social art group with more than 500 voluntary members specialising in visual art) where he has conducted drawing workshops for underprivileged children. You can view his portfolio at www.dactrungart.com.
Size: 260 x 210 mm
Published: February 2020