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Sinat & The Instrument of the Heart: A Story of Cambodia - a Make Friends Around the World Storybook Paperback – February 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Series: Make Friends Around the World
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Soundprints Corp Audio (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607270889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607270881
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

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Chath pierSath was born in Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia, in 1970. He came to the United States as a refugee in 1981. He received his bachelor's degree in 1993 from New College of California in International Service and Development and a MA in Community Social Psychology from UMASS Lowell.

Chath is a contemporary visual artist (https://javaarts.org), a poet, and social worker. After is a collection of poems written in the form of letters, one of which is addressed to his mother. This is called "Letter to My Mother," which is also published in an anthology called Children of the Killing Fields, compiled by Dith Pran, edited by Kim DePaul. Other anthologies where Chath's poems appear include "Where the Road Begins, an anthology", published by Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL), compiled and edited by Kathy Devlin, Matthew Miller, LZ Nunn and Ggi Thibodeau, eds. 2007. His poem, "The way I want to remember my Cambodia" is in The Merrimack Literary Review, compiled and edited by Ron Rowland & Greg Water, eds. 2004. "An Invocation for Cambodia" is featured in Prayers for a Thousand Years, compiled and edited by Elizabeth J. Roberts and Elias Amidon, eds. 1999. His short essay about the experiences of Cambodian Americans, "Inching Toward Acceptance" was published in the Commonwealth Magazine, of June, 2002. The Way I want to Remember My Cambodia and his other poems, The Mekong River, The Day It Rains, The Old Man and His Holy Sea of Sorrow, From the Womb of Life, Hunger, The Crying Dream and I Write Broken Poetry are translated into Japanese and published in The Contemporary World of Asiatic Poetry by Noriko Mizusaki




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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Sinat and the Instrument of the Heart: A Story of Cambodia" is the Cambodian true story of a young boy named Sinat who longed to learn to play a very old instrument from Siem Reap called a Kse Diev or "one-string." It is known as the instrument of the heart because the player hugs its gourd body to his heart to make its low, beautiful music. Due to political acts of oppression, there was only one living master who could teach Sinat to play this instrument. This was Ta Sok who lived in Siem Reap. Sinat's family are musicians and dancers, and they believe in his dreams to become a player of the Kse Diev. One day they take him on a long car ride to Siem Reap, stopping to explore temple ruins at Angkor Wat and Prasat Bayon. There Sinat sees images of players of the Kse Diev, "an instrument as old as Cambodia." Eventually, after studying and learning to make the instruments from gourds with Ta Sok, Sinat is given the honor of performing for the king and queen of Cambodia on the Kse Diev, which fills him with pride. "Sinat and the Instrument of the Heart" is a beautiful Cambodian tale of music/arts history. Its loving full color illustrations were created by a famous artist who survived imprisonment by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970's because he was the best portrait painter of Pol Pot, Khmer Rouge leader. Both author and artist of "Sinat and the Instrument of the Heart" are committed to Cambodian Living Arts, an organization working to support older artists who survived genocide in the 70's. At the end of the book is more information about Cambodia and about the arts in Cambodian history, along with some glossary definitions for common Cambodian words. The reader is referred to, [...] for more information about Cambodian Living Arts. "Sinat and the Instrument of the Heart" is a beautiful historic child's book suitable for children ages 6 and up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rivercully on March 7, 2012
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As a student of the Cambodian struggle and it's creative rebirth, I looked forward to this book and sharing it with my students. It is not only a wonderful story as told through Sinat and his wont to learn his instrument , but it is also the story of Cambodia and it's cultural traditions and history. Chath's love of his homeland and it's history is evident and enriching in the book. The illustrations were beautiful. The students had many questions!
I look forward to reading his other books and thank you for telling a wonderful tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bostonreader on December 12, 2011
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This is a very sweet story in the style of a classic fable of a rural boy with an interest in music who overcomes obstacles and then is rewarded with a dream that comes true. It is well suited for reading to small children for its simplicity. Young readers will enjoy a nicely illustrated glimpse into the exotic Khmer culture of Southeast Asia. Older readers will also appreciate the connections between the ancient culture and more recent history of the reconstruction of modern Cambodia as seen through the eyes of the innocent.
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