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Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments Hardcover – April 1, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 11 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Shen's Books (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885008503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885008503
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 10.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K-Gr 3—Each poem in this collection highlights a different traditional Chinese instrument and is told in the voice of a child playing it. A variety of forms is used to explore subjects, such as how the instrument sounds, how it feels to play it, and the details of practice and performance. Each spread features an illustrated poem and a sidebar with more information about the instrument, including its history and sound. Chu's pencil and digital illustrations frame the poems into a story of children from many ethnic backgrounds getting ready and performing in a recital. The focus on children practicing and performing serves as a good introduction to traditional Chinese music and makes the potentially obscure subject matter more accessible and enjoyable to a wider audience. Adults will want to have audio resources on hand, as readers will undoubtedly want to hear the featured instruments.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VA

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"...a lively medley that will expand the musical boundaries of most young audiences." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ki-Wen C. on June 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Through its beautiful illustrations complementing the eloquent prose, Summoning the Phoenix makes it fun for children to learn about ancient Chinese instruments. The artwork features multicultural characters, vibrant colors, along with elements of whimsy and fantasy to help bring to life the writing. I especially liked the immersive illustration of the woman playing the guzheng in the mountains, definitely a standout illustration. Descriptions in the sidebar delve more deeply into the instruments for more exploration. This is a fun and informative read with fantastic illustrations. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel San Souci on June 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My wife, who is an elementary school librarian, loves this book. It teaches kids on many levels. It's a great learning tool for music appreciation and an introduction to other cultures. It's very clever the way the author works in poetry, which the kids love. The art is stunning to look at, very imaginative and has wonderful movement, which makes the illustrations come alive. I'd definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toby Black on July 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is great. Most people when they first see the book they think that it is just one single story. What they don't realize is that this book really has three stories in one. The first story is obviously the poems. But what Emily Jiang has really done is include a separate story for each instrument by giving the history of the instrument and where it came from. Being a history buff myself I think this is great. The third story are the illustrations. As you go through the book you can see that April Chu has created another story of the children playing the instruments and their
journey towards the big performance. The illustrations in this book are both beautiful and amazing. The uniquely styled poems coupled with the history of the instruments make this book a joy to read for all ages.
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This is a lovely book. As we learn about the history of 15 different traditional Chinese instruments, we're also treated to simple poems and beautiful illustrations of an ethnically diverse group of children playing them and then performing in a concert. For those interested in specific instruments, those featured in the book are the erhu, yangqin, dizi, sheng, xiao, suona, pipa, guzheng, ruan, muyu, paigu, luo, bo, nanbangzi, and banzi. Not all of the poems are specifically about the instruments, though they almost all mention a particular instrument; for example, the dizi poem is really about the first day of rehearsal, the suona poem is about playing with a friend, and the poem accompanying the history of the luo, bo, nanbangzi, and bangzi is about packing for a performance. The only reason we're giving four stars rather than five stars is because, while many of the poems are evocative, none are really memorable. But this highly-informative book covers a rare topic in English-language picture books, and the illustrations are gorgeous.
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