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The Sonam Stories
Narratives of Childhood in Bhutan

edited by Suzie Sims-Fletcher

Available on Amazon


On a remote campus in the Black Mountains of the Himalayas, students at the Institute of Language and Culture Studies, Royal University of Bhutan, were asked to recall stories of their childhoods.

Suzie Sims-Fletcher, their English lopen, taught them how to move from the oral tradition in Dzonghka to written composition in English.

These selected tales are at once uniquely provincial yet poignantly universal.

The collection offers striking memories of family and community, learning and growth, illness and death, tradition and celebration.

An adaptable lesson guide to the story project (ESL, listening skills, writing), glossary of Dzongkha words and phrases, as well as vibrant full color photos of Druk Yul, Land of the Thunder Dragon, round out the 156 pages.

Whether you are a tourist, teacher, or culture collector, Samu-Shamu: The Sonam Stories, captures the mist and earth of this magical kingdom in the sky.

Tshering Tobgay Prime Minister, Bhutan
Tshering Tobgay Prime Minister, Bhutan

"'Reading is Fun', especially when a book arrives unexpectedly, one compiled by a teacher one has met, and written by Bhutanese students.

Samu-Shamu is 40 narratives by ILCS students who recount their earliest childhood memories.

I thank Suzie Sims-Fletcher for sharing her experiences and those of her students with me in the form of this enjoyable book." - Tshering Tobgay Prime Minister, Bhutan

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