The Red-Headed Club

A shopkeeper mysteriously gets, then loses, a well-paying job – simply because he has red hair. Childlike drawings of dancing men seem like a foolish prank – until they turn deadly. These adventures of Sherlock Holmes have entertained readers around the world for over a century. Here in Laos, students learning English get their practice from English books that are dull and often ungrammatical. With Sherlock‘s help, we‘re going to solve that problem. We‘ve simplified the text of three Sherlock Ho...
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Phiiyamoi

A poor fisherman discovers that someone else is catching his fish. It is the witch, Phiiyamoi. They fight, but he loses and has to marry her. His troubles, however, have only begun. This traditional Lao folktale may not become a favorite in western kindergartens anytime soon: By the end of the story, Phiiyamoi is snacking on another character‘s intestines. Here, it‘s all considered good fun, while also teaching the value of not being greedy. Download
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Yuli’s story

Would you like to know more about life in Laos? Barbara Meili and Gikong asked a boy in Laos to tell about his life. Here is his story, with many photographs. The text is in English, French, and German. Who is it for? This is different from other books listed here. We have not published it in Laos; it‘s for teachers, parents, and young people in other countries who would like to know more about life in another country. Download
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Poor Peter Rabbit! His father was already made into larp when he went munching in the wrong garden, and Peter is in danger of meeting the same fate. Will he learn his lesson in time? Chamlern has provided bright new pictures for this children‘s classic, and we‘ve adapted it with a few Lao twists, to entertain a new generation of readers whose parents never knew the story of Peter Rabbit. Download
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Growing Up On The Mountain

James was born in a Hmong village, high on a mountain in Laos. As a young child, he spent an hour every day carrying water up from the spring below the village. He also helped with farming, went to school, and built a tricycle for exciting rides down the hill. As a teenager, he moved to Luang Prabang so he could attend high school. He learned English, worked part-time, and in his spare time, he and his brother built a new house for their parents. We thought the story of his life so far (age 1...
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Khamkeo Vongsavanh (Keo)

is the founder and project manager of Reading Elephant Laos. He works full-time in the project. Khamkeo was born in the village of Numpouk, Bokeo province, where his father Bounthong was the director at the local primary school. This marked his early years of education and made him keenly aware of the need to promote reading and education in his country. During and after his studies in Luang Prabang, he gained a great deal of experience by working with the children's book publisher Big Brother M...
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