Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers Book Launch September 15, 2018

Young daughter discovers Mommy eats fried grasshoppers!



Dublin, CA — Many children do not have the opportunity to travel and become familiar with other cultures. They remain unaware that people live differently from themselves. Vilayvanh Bender’s new picture book, Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers, explains in an easy-for-children-to-understand and delightful way the differences between Laotian and American culture.

A Corona, California, resident, Mrs. Bender immigrated to the United States at the age of seven. As a firm believer in the importance of cultural preservation and acceptance, she says, “I spent my early childhood in Laos, and I want children, including my own two young daughters, to understand how life is different in another country and to appreciate those differences. For example, I wore shoes made from the trunks of banana trees, did my homework on a small, handheld blackboard, and yes, I ate fried grasshoppers.”

Educational as well as entertaining, Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers is perfect for classroom use and as a read-aloud to children whose parents hail from a foreign country and who want them to have a broader view and understanding of the world.

Due out September 15, 2018, Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers consists of 32 pages and is available in hardcover for $15.00 and can be ordered through Amazon and the publisher, Sahtu Press, Inc., at, (773) 888-2486. Sahtu Press, Inc., specializes in books for the Lao community.


Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers, by Vilayvanh Bender. Original edition. 8.5” x 11”. 32 pages. Illustrations. ISBN: 978-0989885034 (Hardcover with dust jacket). $15.00. See for the dust jacket and interior pages.

★★★★★ Reviews

A wonderful conversation starter for all parents and children about how their lives compare and contrast during the childhood years. The story has several Lao words followed with an immediate translation in context plus an illustrated glossary at the end…that is a very useful and attractive feature. Little details pop out with each rereading that spark new conversations. It has universal appeal.
— Kathy B., Goodreads

“Vilayvanh Bender’s picture book, Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers, is delightful. She compares and contrasts two generations and cultures while also emphasizing the loving relationship between a mother and daughter. A perfect read-aloud.” — Lynn Kelley, Author

“Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers is a beautifully illustrated picture book that will nudge youngsters to inquire about what childhood life was like for their parents when they were growing up. It's a charming story children will want to hear again and again.” — Maria Cisneros Toth, Author

“Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers is an adorable picture book by Vilayvanh Bender, who came to the United States as a refugee from Laos. With colorful illustrations and cute examples, she tells the story of a mother explaining her own unique childhood to her completely Americanized daughter. This book is a wonderful way to introduce cultural differences to a young audience.” — Kathryn Storey Sant, Author

“Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers is an imaginative and charming story that provides young children an enlightening and sometimes surprising view of cultural differences while also demonstrating a strong mother-daughter bond.” — Carol J. Amato, Author and Editor

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