The Cambodian Dancer Sophany's Gift of Hope by Daryn, MD Reicherter
  

The Cambodian Dancer Sophany's Gift of Hope

Written by Daryn, MD Reicherter
Illustrated by Christy Hale

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The Cambodian Dancer Sophany's Gift of Hope by Daryn, MD Reicherter

**Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award Silver Medal for Non-Fiction -Picture Book** This beautifully illustrated children's book tells the story of a little Cambodian girl forced to leave her old world behind and find a new home in America.In clear but simple language and vivid 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.

Reviews

Hale's multimedia illustrations show dancers in classic poses wearing happy, serene faces, while cleverly interwoven iconic elements, such as costumes and relief sculptures, highlight Cambodian culture. This fictionalized story of hope and resilience, inspired by Sophany's experiences and retold in Khmer on the endpapers, will speak to young readers while introducing them to Cambodian culture and recent history. -Booklist Sophany's life, and this delightful book, is a reminder that beauty will eventually triumph over darkness and violence. While there are many of us who have turned to the law to right the wrongs of the Khmer Rouge, this book illustrates the healing power of art, in all its facets.

About the Author

Daryn Reicherter, MD is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist at the Gardner Family Care Corporation's Cambodian Program. He works locally with refugee survivors from around the world. Dr. Reicherter is a specialist in post-traumatic stress in survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime. He is an activist for human rights in the area of war crime through the programs he serves, and beyond. Christy Hale is an award-winning writer, illustrator and designer of children's book whose work has been honored by Horn Book, the American Library Association, the International Reading Association and others. She is the author and illustrator of Dreaming Up: a Celebration of Building and The East West House, and has illustrated many books celebrating diversity and sustainability as well as creativity in children.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 4 to 9 years

Author

Daryn, MD Reicherter
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Publisher

Tuttle Publishing

Publication date

1st October 2015

ISBN

9780804845168


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