In tribute to Universal Children’s Day, to do my bit in promoting the welfare of children in the world by posting books which focus on multicultural/multiracial issues, human rights, and/or children who have helped to change the world in some way, I decided to post a link to a review I did last year for a Book Reading Challenge. I had been to Cambodia before for a wedding a couple of years earlier, and was returning for a short visit, before going on to Laos and Vietnam, so dedicated a couple of blog posts to Cambodia in the Reading Challenge…
A Song for Cambodia
Illustrated by: Shino Arihara
Published by: Lee and Low Books, March 2008
Ages: 8 years and up.
Synopsis: This is a compelling, moving story of survival, courage and strength.
A true story in the Picture Book, of a nine year old boy, Arn, surviving four years under the Khmer Rouge. I won’t go into detail here about his life and about the book. One cannot believe what he must have gone through, his escape, and his amazing believe in forgiveness. Please click on the following link to read the review and here some of his interviews, and to learn more…. https://thepatientdreamer.com/2011/05/29/book-reading-challenge-book-no-24/
Arn now spends half his year in Cambodia and half in the USA, reviving traditional Cambodian music which saved his life, and helping in humanitarian work. He was also awarded the Spirit of Anne Frank Award.
Resource/Findings: Patricia McCormick’s novel, “Never Fall Down” is a truly gripping insight into Arn’s life. Here is a link to an interview she gave on spending time with Arn, as he openly shared the years of terror and his eventual trip to the USA and safety, as she researched for her book to tell his story. http://patriciamccormick.com/never-fall-down/
As we aren’t having another PPBF before Christmas and I had gathered a couple of Christmas books already, I couldn’t help but post at least one beautiful Christmas book…
The Christmas Angels
Illustrated by: Gail Yerrill
Published by: Good Books, Intercourse 2008
Ages: 3 – 7 years
Theme: Christmas, Friendship, angels, joy
Opening Lines: Hush now, can you hear the angels singing, high up in the frosty midnight air? Voices ringing, singing songs of Christmas, Happiness for all the world to share.
Synopsis: It’s Christmas! As we count the days until that happy celebration, the angels share our special times of gladness, from blessing the falling snow to lighting up the starry sky. With lyrical rhymes and atmospheric illustrations, this beautiful book shares the songs of the angels and sends their messages of friendship and joy, celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.
Why I like it: From cover to cover each page is illustrated in beautiful soft colourful hues etched in glitter. Fairies dot each page flying about while our furry creatures, such as rabbits, porcupines, mice, squirrels and skunks, wrapped up warm against the snow, prepare for Christmas. This quiet, soothing lyrical story, celebrating the blessings of peace, laughter and love, would be a joy to read as we tuck the little ones in on Christmas Eve. A beautiful bedtime story just for Christmas! Just look at that cover and tell me you are not in love with it!
Resources/Findings: Christmas angel crafts…. http://crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/christmas/angels/
Merry Christmas my PPBF friends.
For more books with resources please head on over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.