A child drew this picture after hearing my book, with Blia Xiong, 9 in 1, Grr! Grr! It was the first
Hmong story in picture book form in the US, and was named one of the Notable Books of the Year,
by the ALA. It was first published in 1989, but has been reprinted a number of times, made into a CD,
and delighted thousands of children as they learned a little about the Hmong culture.
It is a very clever story, about a tiger mother to be, who goes up to the great Shao to find out how
many cubs she will have. He blesses her with many cubs to come (9 each year), but a clever black
bird, the Eu bird, tricks tiger into singing "1 in 9" instead of "9 in 1" thus saving to humankind
from being overrun by tigers.