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A Song for Cambodia

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  10 reviews
When Arn was a young boy in Cambodia, his days were filled with love, laughter, and the sweet sounds of music. That all changed suddenly in 1975 when Arn's village was invaded by Khmer Rouge soldiers and his family was torn apart.

Nine-year-old Arn was taken to a children s work camp, where he labored long hours in the rice fields under the glaring eyes of threatening soldi
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Lee & Low Books
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John Parker
Music may not make the world go around, but it does provide many people with a connection cannot be broken. It is this type of connection that Arn Chorn-Pond used to survive the violence of the Khmer Rouge. It is the many facets of music that Arn still uses to reconnect an entire culture of musicians to their heritage.

A Song for Cambodia tells Arn’s story as a child exposed to the ravages of living in Cambodia and a refugee camp during the Vietnam War. It is a story replete with images crafted b
Aug 06, 2008 Corinne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older children
Based on the life of Arn Chorn-Pond who was a child during the Revolution in Cambodia. Well written biography of the horrors of war and how music helped him through it. Bright illustrations keep the book from being too heavy.
Mary Ann
A Song for Cambodia is the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond's survival of the Khmer Rough work camps. Arn's early life in rural Cambodia "was filled with the sweet sounds of music and laughter." But in 1975, the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia, finally reaching Arn's village. He was taken from his family and put into a children's labor camp, forced to work in the rice paddies. One day, the soldiers asked for volunteers to play music and Arn raised his hand. He survived the camp by learning to play th ...more
(picture book, nonfiction)
Lord, Michelle. (2008). A Song for Cambodia. New York: Lee & Low Books Inc.
Ordering Information: ISBN: 978-1-60060-139-2
Permabound: $18.69 (hardback)

Mooney, M. (2008). A Song for Cambodia. Library Media Connection, 27(2), 80.

SOL: WHII: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide impact of World War II by examining the Holocaust and other examples of genocide in the twentieth century.

Arts: Music grades 6-8: The student will describe performances, li
Arn Pond, a young boy living in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge took power, survives a horrific children's work camp. He volunteers to become a musician and eventually escapes, hiding in the jungle until he ends up in a refugee camp in Thailand.

Arn's incredible story of loss and resilience is told in the 2012 National Book Award nominee, Never Fall Down. This nonfiction picture book is a simple, elementary-appropriate version of Arn's true story. While I don't love the illustrations, they are a g
Child slavery and brutal regimes aren’t usually the stuff of picture books, but these subjects are handled with dignity and grace in A Song for Cambodia. Filled with deceptively simple paintings, the book immerses the reader in the world of Arn, a young boy struggling to survive in his occupied homeland in the mid-1970s. Readers are made aware that this is a true story and are introduced to the real Arn, who is still working to preserve the music and culture of his war-torn country.

Because of t
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Based on the life of a real person, this story tells of the disruption in a young boy's life that the takeover of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge had back in the late '70s. The tale is a mixture of happy and sad moments, with an ultimately and gratifyingly happy ending. I would like to meet Arn Chorn-Pond, whose life this was based on. Recommended!
I enjoyed reading this book to my 6-year-old son. I knew Arn-Chorn Pond's adoptive father and was pleased by this simple story, told from the point of view of the refugee child. It inspired my son to ask many questions about Cambodia and I believe he learned something important. The illustrations are magnificent.
Joan Parker
Good short version of the adult book entitled, Never Fall Down. Reading this to my 8 year old opened his eyes to a tragedy he never knew existed but this book kept it simple with no horrific details as the adult read has.
Andrea Labonte
Homesick, read this book. A little boy has to learn new customs and its hard to that. But the boy learns so much that he might end up where he wants to be. Read the book to find out what happens.
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