Jessica Đinh first became intrigued by art through the numerous books her parents would read to her as a child, from bright and colorful picture books to illustrated novels, such as The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Laguna College of Art and Design, where she began tailoring her art skills with a technological focus toward game development. Jessica is currently an Environment Art Supervisor in the video game industry, and her passion for art is wide-ranging, including a love for digital art, oil painting, music, and craft hobbies.
The book features sheet music for each of the ten songs, along with Vietnamese lyrics and English translations, and colorful illustrations throughout that depict the story of each song. All songs are arranged in child-friendly singable keys, and playable for beginning instrumentalists as well. It also features select children’s traditions, such as the Mid-Autumn Harvest Moon Festival, the moon cakes eaten and games that children partake in during this time, including how to make a lantern for the festival. A Vietnamese pronunciation guide along with common Vietnamese phrases are included in the book for the beginning Vietnamese language learner. The music that accompanies the book includes full length recordings of the songs, speaking practice tracks, and spoken examples of Vietnamese phrases from the book. Parents, children, educators, and librarians will find this book useful and enjoyable for years to come. This book, along with a separate Teacher’s Guide, will be available through F-Flat Books in April 2023. The website vietchildrenssongs.com will be available as a supplemental resource as well.