Hmong Readers

These 25 readers are fables and stories written with controlled vocabulary. Each little book introduces new sounds, and is to be used after its corresponding page in the White Hmong Primer.

The stories were illustrated by Pao Choua Lor, then a college student, and are charming depictations of animals and traditional Hmong. Some of the stories are Aesop's fables and others are traditional or created animal tales. Most have a moral, or message about human behavior.


Level 1: Os (Duck)

  • Tones: b, j, v, - , s, m, g, d
  • Vowels: a, e, i, o, u, w
  • No consonants

 

Level 2: Tus Tub (The Boy)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: t

 

Level 3: Tus Luj (The Mongoose)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: l

 

Level 4: Ob Tug Dev (Two Dogs)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: d, m, p

 

Level 5: Kub Mes-es (Goat’s Horn)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: f, h, k

 

Level 6: Miv Xav Sim (Cat’s Ambition)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: ia, ua
  • Consonants: s, v, x

 

Level 7: Ob Lub Pobzeb (Two Rocks)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: ee, oo
  • Consonants: n, y, z

 

Level 8: Cov Tub, Cov Qav (Boys, Frogs)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: ai, au
  • Consonants: q, r

 

Level 9: Tus Dev Qus, Tub Uablag (Wild Dog, Crow)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: aw
  • Consonants: c

 

Level 10: Tus Tsov, Tus Nas (Tiger, Rat)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: ts

 

Level 11: Tus Txivneej, Tus Nab (Man, Snake)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: tx

 

Level 12: Qaib Sib Tog (Chickens Fight)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: nk, np

 

Level 13: Cov Ntsaum, Tus Kooj (Ants, Grasshopper)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: nt, nts, ntx

 

Level 14: Poj Qaib Ntes Qe Kub (Hen Lays Gold Eggs)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: nc, nr

 

Level 15: Tus Dev Nyob Hauv Lub (Dog in the Cow Trough)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: ny, xy

 

Level 16: Poj Qaib Nquag (Industrious Hen)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: nq


Level 17: Tus Luav thiab tus Vaubkib (The Rabbit and the Turtle)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: dh, kh, ph, th

 

Level 18: Tus Dev thiab nws tus Duab (The Dog and his Shadow)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: ch, qh, rh

 

Level 19: Vaubkib thiab ob tug Haumvag (The Turrtle and the Hao-va)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: tsh, txh

 

Level 20: Tus Piv thiab tus Uablag (The Sparrow and the Crow)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: pl, plh

 

Level 21: Tus Hma Hnav Yaj Cev Plaub (The Wild Dog Wears Sheep’s Coat)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: hl, hm

 

Level 22: Cua Qaum Teb thiab Lub Hnub (North Wind and the Sun)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: hn, hny

 

Level 23: Ob Kwvtij Hma (Two Brother Wild Dogs)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: ml, hml

 

Level 24: Nquab Nqhis Dej (Thirsty Pigeon)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: nch, nph, npl, nplh, nqh, nrh, nth

 

Level 25: Qav Tswvyim Ntau (Frog’s Many Ideas)

  • Tones: same
  • Vowels: same
  • Consonants: ntsh, ntxh
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