Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose about Chinese Musical Instruments

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10.7 X 8.8 X 0.6 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Emily Jiang is the American-born daughter of Chinese American immigrants, and she has been writing poems and stories since she was five years old. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College of California and a BA in English from Rice University. Emily is also a musician and composer. She delights in painting with words and with sounds.

April Chu began her career as an architect, but then decided to return to her true passion of illustrating and storytelling. She remembers coming home from school every day, spending hours drawing whimsical characters in her notebook, and creating outlandish stories while watching cartoons, and she hasn't stopped drawing and creating stories since. April lives and works in Oakland, California.


* "Thirteen young musicians of diverse ethnic background ready themselves to play their traditional Chinese instruments on stage in this informative and gracefully illustrated twin debut. Jiang, a composer, presents upbeat, free-verse poems in the children's voices about their instruments or their mental states. . . From the booming paigu to the delicate strings of the ruan, the lutelike pipa and the yangqin, or hammered butterfly harp, a lively medley that will expand the musical boundaries of most young audiences." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Traditional Chinese musical instruments take center stage in this encyclopedia that uses accessible poetry and magnificent artwork to educate and entertain. The children in these brilliantly detailed illustrations play mostly unfamiliar instruments, all of which are described in the corresponding column of text. The poem chronicling the students' preparation for their concert gives readers choices in how they wish to digest the book's wealth of information." -- Foreword Reviews

"The exquisite paintings, the fascinating instruments and the feelings of the young musicians told in verse make Summoning the Phoenix a total artistic experience for readers of all ages." -- Imperial Valley Press

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CALA Book Award - Chinese American Librarians Association