A Hmong fable about corm
Farmer Yia Pao saves his corn from the encroaching weeds. To show their gratitude, the corn plants promise that if Yia Pao will build a barn, they will walk into it by themselves, and save him a lot of trouble.
Yia Pao agrees, but then forgets his promise. Upset at being forgotten, the corn kernels get smaller. And that's why, today, corn kernels are still small.
This popular Hmong story was retold by James, who grew in a mountaintop Hmong village, and illustrated by Vue Thor, a talented young Hmong artist.
by James Xiong, illustrated by Vue Thor
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