More than anything, Nu Dang loves to fly his kite, but one windy day the string slips and his kite disappears. The story follows Nu Dang as he searches for his kite. In his small boat he paddles down the long brown river asking the sweet-cakes vendor, the cloth merchant, the butcher and others if they've seen his kite, but no one has. At last he sadly makes his way home, where a joyous surprise awaits him.
The daughter of Edward and Thelma Brandford, Jacqueline Ayer grew up in the Bronx in the "Coops," a co-operative built for garment workers. She went to The High School of Music & Art, followed by Syracuse University. She continued her studies in Paris, which led to work as an assistant fashion illustrator. There, she met Christian Dior and Michel de Brunhoff, leading to work as an illustrator for Vogue and Bonwit Teller in New York. Her marriage to Fred Ayer led to a move to Thailand, where she wrote and illustrated children's books and started the fashion company Design Thai, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Later in life, she worked in India for craft and textile development under Indira Gandhi and in New York and London designing home furnishings for companies including Bloomingdale's and Conran.