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Dara's Cambodian New Year

Chiemruom, Sothea

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ISBN 10: 067188607X / ISBN 13: 9780671886073
Published by Half Moon Books/Simon & Schuster, U.S.A., 1992
New Condition: New Soft cover
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Title: Dara's Cambodian New Year

Publisher: Half Moon Books/Simon & Schuster, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued

Edition: First Paperback Edition

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Dara's grandfather is homesick for Cambodia this New Year and Dara, understanding his feelings, wants to help. He decides to paint pictures of Cambodia as New Year's gifts for his family, and he asks his grandfather for some advice. Sharing their memories helps bring them comfort and hope. Full color.

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Ages 4-8. Part of a Multicultural Celebration series originally published by Modern Curriculum under the auspices of the Children's Museum, Boston, this book uses a fictional framework to explain a special Cambodian American holiday. Dara tells how he and his family all miss the Cambodian homeland they left behind two years earlier. He feels at home here in the U.S., but his grandfather is depressed, especially now that the Cambodian New Year is approaching. Dara is an artist, and he uses his pictures of the old country to draw his grandfather into talking about what they both remember. The story's contrived to give us information, but the handsome full-page paintings are rich with detail, both of the family in Boston and of the Cambodian landscape and customs. Occasional small color photographs of Cambodian landmarks are not that well reproduced. Both author and illustrator are Cambodian American, and the story is rooted in particulars of their culture (the text includes several Khmer words, which are explained in a glossary); at the same time, there's a connection here with the universal immigrant experience of longing for the good you left behind even as you remember what drove you out. Hazel Rochman

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