From School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-This sweet story from Cambodia's artistic revival fails to evoke emotion. Sinat lives in a post-revolution village. He dreams of learning to play the country's 2000-year-old instrument, the Kse Diev, also called the "instrument of the heart." His aunt and uncle take him to study with the only remaining master of the Kse Diev following Pol Pot's dictatorship. Sinat then fulfills his dream when he plays at the prince's wedding in Phnom Penh. Cambodia's genocide is mentioned only in the foreword; further sources will be necessary to fully understand the political situation. Stiff dialogue and sentences with too many prepositions make for a bumpy read. The text jumps disjointedly from sentimentality to omniscient narration. Soothing watercolor illustrations of animals and landscape are marred by two-dimensional humans.-Richelle Roth, Boone County Public Library, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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About the Author
Chath pierSath was born in Kop Nymit, Bateay Meanchey province, west of Cambodia, bordering Thailand in 197. He came to the United States as a refugee in 1981, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New College of California and a master's degree from the University of Massachussetts, Lowell. Chath pierSath is a painter, writer and actor. He now lives and works in Cambodia.