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Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Song for Cambodia (Picture Book)

Released on March 2008

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Arn was a young eight-year-old boy who lived in a Cambodian village with his eleven brothers and sisters, his grandparents and of course his mother and father. It was a very happy home with lots of music and laughter. In 1975, the music seemed to stop when the Khmer Rouge (“Red Khmers”) wreaked havoc across the countryside. Arn and his family became very frightened.

One day the soldiers came and brutally separated the family. Arn would never see his mother again after the family was separated to go to work camps. It was a horrible time for the children in his camp. They worked so hard, but they still were starving. “If they were lucky, the children caught dragonflies, beetles, or grubs to eat.” The music in his soul might save him, but how?

This is the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond. It is heartbreaking, heartwarming and inspirational somehow all rolled into one. According to Arn, “Everyone has good and bad within them. It is up to us to decide how to live. You can literally change the world.” I believe you can.

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