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Silent Lotus

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Although unable to speak or hear, lovely Lotus learns to perform the intricate story dances of the Cambodian court ballet.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 30th 1994 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published November 28th 1994)
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Lee, Jeanne M. “Silent Lotus”. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991.

Pages: 32
Age range: 5-8
Genre: Picture
Race/Culture/Ethnic Group: Cambodian

Summary: Inspired by decorations on a 12th century temple in Angkor Wat, this is the story of Lotus, a young girl who can neither hear nor speak, who becomes a dancer.

Evaluation: I selected this text because I can’t remember ever reading a children’s picture book that was specifically Cambodian, plus I’ve seen programs on Angkor Wat and it interests...more
Silent Lotus is a young girl who was born deaf to two loving parent who want the best for her. She never tries to talk but she mimics the movements of herons. These movements seem to be the way she communicated as if she was dancing. When the king and queen saw her they were amazed with her movements. They allowed her to join the royal dancers and she became the most famouse dancer. This book would be great for 3rd grade and up.
Eh.. girl is supposedly born deaf _and_ mute and how often does that happen? And nobody plays with her. But then she goes to the temple and sees some dancers and learns to be a dancer. And now she has friends. The end.

The story takes place "Long ago in Kampuchea". And I will admit to not knowing where that is.
Beautiful story about what can be done despite being unable to hear and speak.
a good Vietnamese story
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