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1 Tangled Threads Alphabet Book Ali Duval Marcie Morrocco Kimberly Fry

2 Alphabet Book based on Tangled Threads By: Pegi Deitz Shea

3 A is for Apple “The worm is an omen, Mai. A bad sign.” ~ Grandma (p. 24) “The squiggling worm tickling my palm was a good sign! It came all the way from America. And it was alive!” ~ Mai (p. 24)

4 B is for Bus “The bus quickly picked up speed. I stood and stuck my arm out the window. The wind lifted my hand as if it were a wing.” ~Mai (p. 19) “I covered my nose and mouth when I heard, saw, and smelled others retching because of the crowded, bumpy ride. ‘It’s going to be a long trip,’ Grandma muttered.” (p. 19)

5 C is for Cousins “Two girls playfully shoved my arm away and hugged me. I leaned back to look. American names or not, it was See, with the same flashing eyes, and Pa Cua, with a smile as wide and bright as a slice of coconut! Oh, I was so happy, I started to cry like a baby. Five long years.” ~ Mai (p. 60)

6 D is for Dancing “Their dance had given Grandma such joy. Even though they never did meet, I hoped Grandma saw this show of respect. I felt pride in my friends, and I felt my heart grow stronger, the way a mended cloth holds tighter.” ~Mai (p. 202)

7 E is for Education “Keep learning, Mai. That is how you can thank me.” ~ Miss Sayapong (p. 176)

8 F is for Funeral “Maybe Americans and Christians also believed that the fancier the ceremony and clothes, the sooner the dead person would find peace.” ~Mai (p. 200)

9 G is for Grandma “Feeling like the older, wiser one, I sat across from her. ‘Don’t worry. You’ll learn. I’ll teach you. I’ll help all I can.’”~Mai (p. 72)

10 H is for Hmong “I’d practiced all summer with my friends, and these were my people, and I just felt purely happy.” ~Mai (p. 215)

11 I is for “Iron Hawks” “I don’t want to think about flying, Mai. I don’t trust those iron hawks. Remember, I’ve seen them drop deadly things. And the planes don’t always land on their feet.” ~Grandma (p. 40)

12 J is for Jeans “I felt so proud of how I looked that I walked the way Heather and Lisa did, my hips sliding back and forth.” ~Mai (p. 97)

13 K is for Khi Tes “At last the shaman tied strings around Grandma’s wrists to bind her souls together. He motioned for each of us to do Khi Tes too.” ~Mai (p. 191)

14 L is for Library “I pushed through two sets of heavy double doors and was met by that pencil aroma a hundred times stronger. I inhaled deeply and gazed at all the shelves full of books. I felt smarter just being surrounded by them, as if their words simply floated into my head.” ~ Mai (p. 123)

15 M is for Money “In only ten days I’d made two huge mistakes about money. No one had told me I’d need it so much in America.” (p. 106) ~ Mai

16 N is for Nyo Zoo Xyoo Tshaib (Happy New Year) “Goodbye, Old Year! Take evil, sickness, and death away To the end of the horizon So we may never see or hear them again.” (p. 216) “Welcome, New Year! We honor you with happiness, Peace, and health. We hope you bring prosperity forever!” (p. 217)

17 O is for Omens “Grandma grabbed my arm and said, ‘It is a sign! The shoes did not want to come. Our feet should not leave this land of our ancestors.’” ~ Grandma (p. 41)

18 P is for Pa’ Ndau “If Grandma had brought me to America five years sooner, I never would have learned to embroider so well. I might never have felt the spirits of my parents.” (p. 172) ~ Mai

19 “If I was so smart, why didn’t you bring me to America sooner? To the schools, to the healers, five years sooner?” ~Mai (p. 185) Q is for Questions

20 R is for Rape “Pa Nhia’s family would not let her talk about the rape. Too filthy. Too disgraceful. I hadn’t wanted to hear it either, but I let her tell me. How the men came from behind like cowards, too shameful to show their faces. How animal. She said it was like being torn apart by a tiger from the inside out.” ~ Mai (p. 37)

21 S is for Smile “One at a time I brought the seed packets out from behind my back. Grandma clapped each time she saw the pictures, and I arranged the packets in the boxes. Her smile was almost as wide as the moon, another smile I hadn’t seen in so long. A hot pain squeezed behind my eyes.” ~Mai (p. 172)

22 T is for Touching “Touching, always touching. Hmong boys and girls, men and women, rarely touched. Even married people didn’t touch a lot in front of other people. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get used to how much Americans touched each other. A little hug here, a pat on the back there, a kiss on the cheek, a handshake. You were expected to shake hands with someone you’d never met before!” ~Mai (p. 111)

23 U is for Uncle Ger “’Ntxhais,’ said uncle Ger, opening his arms to me.” “’Daughter,’ repeated Aunt Pa Khu.” (p. 193)

24 V is for Vest “I had plans to use my vest for a new Hmong New Year outfit. But now Grandma needed it.” ~Mai (p. 196)

25 W is for Waste “Many people new to America can’t believe the food: how much there is of it, how good it smells and tastes. Refugees, more than other immigrants, hate how American kids waste food. Every American kid should spend a week in a refugee camp to see what hunger really is.” ~ Mai (p. 115)

26 X is for Xiong Bee “I am now the third wife of Xiong Bee. The old wives work in the corn with Bee, and I must watch all their children. Eight of them! And Mai, I am to have a child very soon. …Bee forbids me to write. He lets me read your letters, but he rips them up so I don’t dwell on your good fortune.” ~ Pa Nhia (p. 154 & 155)

27 Y is for Yer “In Hmong, I asked, ‘Are you like a teacher?’” ~ Mai (p. 114) “More like a friend. I’ll help you find your way around, learn how to work your locker--you know, that kind of stuff.” ~Yer (p. 114)

28 Z is for Zero “I still can’t believe how skinny you are, Mai. …I have to starve myself to stay slim.” ~Heather (p. 96) “That’s because there is no pizza in Ban Vinai! …Now I’ll get good and chubby.” ~Mai (p. 96) “Don’t you dare…Americans are real mean to heavy people – especially girls.” ~Lisa (p. 96) “I don’t think that was very nice of Americans. Skinny women can’t be strong women, strong mothers, strong workers.” ~Mai (p. 96-97)

29 Works Cited Shea, Pegi Deitz. (2003). Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl’s Story. New York: Clarion Books. All images were taken from the Google.com image website


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