Cambodia

For my Cambodian read,  I chose a folk tale called Judge Rabbit and the Tree Spirit retold by Lina Mao Wall and adapted by Cathy Spagnoli. According to the author’s note, Judge Rabbit is a familiar and frequent character in Cambodian folklore. This particular tale tells the story of a young woman who finds herself faced with 2 identical men who claim to be her husband and she can’t tell who is the real one. Judge Rabbit steps in and uses his cleverness to trick the spirit disguised as the husband to give himself away. The Judge Rabbit stories are told to children to encourage self-confidence no matter how small you are. Lina Mao Wall came to the United States in 1983 as a Cambodian refugee and now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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