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The Girl Who Drew a Phoenix

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One day a young girl named Feng Huang finds a phoenix feather that has fallen from the sky. When she tries to draw the magical bird and share her inspiration, no one is able to tell what it is. Luckily for Feng Huang, the Queen Phoenix sees her troubles and swoops down from the heavens to offer her help.

A phoenix's powers are not easily revealed, however, and Feng Huang
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Hardcover, 52 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Kathryn
May 18, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Demi's artwork
The illustrations are absolutely GORGEOUS! Classic Demi here, but with a twist--she uses Chinese silk brocade for the backgrounds and for the main body of the various phoenix birds. You can tell she really enjoyed this and the illustrations are a visual feast! However, the story is far less inspired. I found it boring and didactic--teaching some principles of the Phoenix bird (i.e., generosity, right mindedness, etc.) but with very little sense of style or characterization. (Nowhere near, say, ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Demi has done it again with another visually stunning book, some illustrations in gorgeous fold-out spreads, this time about a girl, Feng Huang, who wants to draw a phoenix. Try as she might, she can't get one to look right. Finally, the Queen Phoenix comes down to earth to teach her the five lessons she needs in order to draw a proper phoenix. The lessons consist of literally drawing the opposites of the five virtues or powers of the phoenix: wisdom, clear sight, equality, generosity, and right ...more
Jan
Jun 21, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it
Once upon a time in China, all life on heaven and earth was lighted and nourished by the great phoenix. One day on earth, a little girl found a phoenix feather. She had never seen a phoenix, and did not know what one looked like, but having the feather, she decided to draw a phoenix on her garden wall. It was not a good drawing. Her friends teased her and called her drawing ugly, but she didn't know how to make it better. But the Queen Phoenix saw the girl's problem and flew down to help.

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S.N. Arly
Yet another beautiful book by Demi.

This is essentially a fairy tale about a girl gaining wisdom and learning that sometimes it takes hard work to achieve your dreams. Written with an obvious (but not overbearing) Buddhist influence, it uses the architecture and archetypal phoenixes of of China past. The illustrations are beautiful, shiny and bright. My 4 and 6 year old loved this.

Of note, Demi has written another book with a female protagonist that makes an ideal companion - The Boy Who Painted
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Karrie
Feb 25, 2016 Karrie rated it it was amazing
My five year old loved this book so much he brought it to preschool school to show his classmates.

Demi always creates beautiful artwork in her books. The pictures are stunning in this story of a girl artist who drew away things like anger and greed to find the phoenixes of Clear Sight and Generosity (and several other wonders).

I especially liked the way Feng Huang uses art to find healing and wholeness. My son especially loved the huge colorful birds that take the children on a ride at the end
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Christy
Jan 25, 2014 Christy rated it it was amazing
One day a young girl named Feng Huang finds a phoenix feather that has fallen from the sky. When she tries to draw the magical bird and share her inspiration, no one is able to tell what it is. Luckily for Feng Huang, the Queen Phoenix sees her troubles and swoops down from the heavens to offer her help.
Leanne Feathers
Feb 21, 2015 Leanne Feathers rated it really liked it
This book is really good. The illustrations in it, are wonderful! The way the phoenix is drawn in the book is incredible. For each different phoenix, the young girl learns something new each time. It teaches girls that they can do things just be experiencing and trying new things. They do not have to be perfect, all they have to do is try their best.
Karla
Dec 24, 2008 Karla rated it liked it
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Beautifully illustrated with endpapers in red and gold, it deals with some difficult to grasp concepts ~ wisdom, judgement, equality. A good message about the power of art, but not so easy for kids to grasp. But a nice gift book for the adult artist or philosopher in your life.
Kelli
Wow, I really like this book. It is so beautiful to look at. It is about a young girl trying to find some truth. Along the way she is ridiculed and discouraged, but finds what she's looking for and keeps her generous spirit.
Robin Gassen
Sep 22, 2014 Robin Gassen rated it really liked it
The books illustrations are very good. You can actually touch and feel them. Not only are the illustrations done well, the story is good as well. It teaches children about wisdom, clear sight, equality, generosity, and right judgement too.
The Library Lady
Nov 01, 2008 The Library Lady rated it it was ok
This is very profound. But like the phoenix the language and concepts are bound to soar above the heads of most children. More appeal here for adults, especially those into the metaphysical. The art of course is beautiful and will be enjoyed by all.
Andrea
Oct 20, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it
This book is absolutely gorgeous. I'm not sure my child understands the message yet but looking at this beautiful art work with all Asian children is just a joy for all of us.
Kimikimi
Feb 14, 2015 Kimikimi rated it it was amazing
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Pretty, and it and a feminist/ Daoist message? It has so many things I love >.< It gets a bit repetitive but then it is for younger readers, so I forgive.
Sarah Kiesche
I really enjoyed the style of illustration in this book but thought the text was way too complex for a Children's book. This is definitely for older kids who can understand the folk tale. Grades 3+
Miri
Same gorgeous illustrations as The Boy Who Painted Dragons, same kind of journey of learning and self-fulfillment, same simplicity and beauty.
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Demi (September 2, 1942) born Charlotte Dumaresq Hunt, is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. During her career she has published over 300 titles.

Demi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the great-grand daughter of the American painter William Morris Hunt, and the great-grand niece of architect Richard Morris Hunt. Demi earned her nickname as a young child when her fa
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