Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments

Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments

Author: Emily Jiang | Illustrator: April Chu | Publisher: Shen's Books an imprint of Lee & Low Books (April 1, 2014) | 32 Pages | Ages: 6-12 years | ISBN-13: 978-1885008503

This fun, educational picture book combines poetry and prose to introduce the reader to the modern day Chinese orchestra which is comprised of twelve main musical instruments: the erhu, yangqin, dizi, sheng, xiao, suona, pipa, guzheng, ruan, muyu, paigu, and other percussion instruments.  The whimsical poems and illustrations convey each child’s emotions and experiences while practicing the instruments and preparing for a concert.  The nonfictional text describes the unique appearance, distinctive sounds, and historical significance of each instrument.

Reviews:

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

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