A song for Cambodia (#0852ZW3)

by Lord, Michelle; illustrated by Arihara, Shino

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FollettBound Glued Lee & Low, 2015
Price: USD 15.16
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Dewey: 959.604; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 5.4
AR 5.4 LG .5 121696EN; RC 5.5 2; LEX AD840L; F&P X


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A biography of Arn Chorn-Pond who, as a young boy in 1970s Cambodia, survived the Khmer Rouge killing fields because of his skill on the khim, a traditional instrument, and later went on to help heal others and revive Cambodian music and culture.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Lee & Low
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2015
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dewey: 959.604
  • Classifications: Biography, Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Tracings: Arihara, Shino, 1973- illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-48987-823-8 (originally 1-62014-228-7)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-48987-823-6 (originally 978-1-62014-228-8)
  • Follett Number: 0852ZW3
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 5.4
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.4
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 121696EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.5
  • Reading Counts Points: 2
  • Lexile: AD840L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: X

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 05/01/08
  • Booklist, 04/01/08
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/08
  • Kirkus Reviews, 02/15/08
  • Library Media Connection, 10/01/08
  • Publishers Weekly, 03/10/08
  • School Library Journal, 04/01/08
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (April 1, 2008 (Vol. 104, No. 15))
Grades 3-5. Prewar Cambodia offered an almost idyllic boyhood to Arn Chorn, but the Khmer Rouge turned his world upside down, separating him from his family and sending Arn to a work camp. He survived the camp by learning to play the khim, a traditional Cambodian instrument. Sent to fight the Vietnamese, Arn fled to the jungle, fell ill, woke up in a refugee camp, nearly drowned in a flood, and was rescued and brought to the U.S. by Reverend Peter Pond, who adopted him. Through music, Arn slowly adjusted to his new country but promised to return to Cambodia. An afterword describes his subsequent efforts to assist war survivors and revive traditional Cambodian arts and music. Filled with drama and tragedy, this picture-book biography skillfully telescopes Arn’s tumultuous boyhood. Realistic gouache illustrations depict the terrors of war but refrain from showing graphic violence. Amazing and inspiring, this biography is an excellent choice for multicultural studies.

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