Ut has come to America, but her mother remains in Vietnam. Looking at her mother’s pictures comforts Ut, but she is unhappy because her classmates tease her, especially red-headed Raymond. However, after a snowball fight, the two become friends, and good things begin to happen for Ut.
The Author
The Illustrator
Home Involvement Activities
Michele Maria Surat
the idea for the fictional “Angel Child, Dragon Child” came from teaching Vietnamese students, says award-winning author Michele Maria Surat. She says, “I was impressed by my Vietnamese students who had the courage to create new lives in America, so I wanted to write about them.”
Vo-Dinh Mai
The famous artist Vo-Dinh Mai was born in Vietnam but has lived in France and the United States. He says, “ There is a very definite message in ‘Angel Child, Dragon Child.’ People of every country and race have the same concerns, the same problems, and the same hopes and dreams.”

Other Books Illustrated by Vo-Dinh Mai
Tet: the New Year by Kim-Lan Tran (Simons 7 Schuster, 1993)
The Brocaded Slipper and Other Vietnamese Tales by Lynette Vuong(HarperCollins, 1992)