Chang's creativity brings more than just music to his family
When a flood on the Li River in southern China threatens their houseboat, Chang and his family, including his father's specially trained fishing birds, are lucky to find shelter in a barn belonging to the family of Chang's friend Mei Mei. Chang has brought his bamboo flute with him, but is shy about playing it in front of Mei Mei's family, especially her older brother, who likes to tease Chang about the sounds he makes in place of speech - sounds that only the fishing birds understand. Chang's music is especially important to him, but he wants to keep it private. It is only after the floodwaters recede and the family returns home to the damaged houseboat that Chang will find that the time has come to share his talent with others.
Collaborating again on this companion volume to Bird Boy, a Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner, Elizabeth Starr Hill and Lesley Liu have created another sensitive, appealing book, in which a boy discovers how to play to his strengths rather than keeping them hidden.
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Elizabeth Starr Hill lives in Winter Park, Florida.
Lesley Liu lives in Taipei, Taiwan.
Gr. 2-5. Chang is mute but can make sounds that the cormorants--birds his father has trained to fish--respond to. He also plays beautiful music on his bamboo flute. Chang and his family live on a houseboat on the Li River in southern China, where it has been raining for days. The fishing has not been good, but Chang's mother cooks up a dinner in her cherished wok. When Chang and his friend Mei Mei return from the market, it is raining so hard that Chang's family seeks shelter with Mei Mei's family, who put them up in a barn. They return home to find some damage to the houseboat, and, worst of all, the wok is gone. Chang goes to market resolving to barter his flute for a used wok, but instead finds the audience for his playing so generous that he can purchase a fine new one. This simply told story with its unusual locale offers lessons in friendship, cooperation, and acceptance of disability. The many evocative illustrations and the good-size typeface makes this an enticing package that children will take to eagerly. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Descripción Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110374312389
Descripción Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 1. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0374312389