The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany's Gift of Hope (Khmer & English)

Author(s): Daryn Reicherter

Picture Books

Age Level: 5 - 8Tucked between Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is a tiny country that survived immeasurable hardship in the 1970s. The Cambodian people are proof that even the most horrific experiences can't destroy the human spirit. The Cambodian Dancer is the compelling true story of a woman who escaped the unspeakable brutality and death that befell her fellow countryman and eventually built a life for herself in the United States. A dancer and a teacher, Sophany was one of the few artists to survive the Khmer Rouge, and her survival has helped to keep the traditions of Cambodian dance alive today.Winner 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards - Silver for Multicultural Non-Fiction Picture Book.
"Reicherter has written a gentle story that confronts diaspora, refugees, and survival through the eyes of a brave and talented young woman." —Asian Fortune News "Beautiful illustrations of dancers and ancient Cambodian temples along with a simple text make this a book that can be enjoyed at many levels.  The poetic language hints at the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge without going into graphic detail so that you can decide how much history you want to share with your child. The book can become the basis for a deep conversation about the effects of war, and compassion for refugees and immigrants. It is definitely a book for our times." —Schools 'N More Not even the most terrible brutality can completely destroy the human spirit. In clear but simple language and beautiful illustrations, this Cambodian children's story communicates a sense of the joy, sadness, injustice and triumph that lives on in young Cambodian Americans. It shows that it is possible to overcome great hardship, and that a single decision can do much to heal one's self and others. "The Cambodian Dancer" is the true story of a Cambodian refugee--a dancer and teacher--who built a life in the US after fleeing the Khmer Rouge. She became a counselor to other Cambodian refugees and created a school of dance for children. Her gift of hope was to teach children in the Cambodian community the traditional dances of Cambodia so that young people growing up far away from the land of their ancestors would know about their culture.


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General Fields

  • : 9780804850360
  • : Tuttle Publishing
  • : June 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Daryn Reicherter