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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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Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Wonderful story for children on not letting adversity prevent you from achieving your wish.
Rachel Denny
Title: Silent Lotus
Author/Illustrator: Jeanne M. Lee
Genre: Non-European folktale
Theme(s): Friendship, Overcoming hardship
Opening line/sentence: Long ago in Kampuchea, a man and a woman lived on the edge of a lake.
Brief Book Summary: A young woman, Lotus, is born deaf and cannot speak. She does not fit in with the others. After some time, her parents take her to the temple in the city and she learns to dance. She speaks with her body and becomes the best dancer in the land.
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Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: multicultural
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
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebook
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.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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Silent Lotus
Lee, Jeanne M.

a good Vietnamese story
Camille Tesch
Sep 26, 2016 marked it as to-read
Cambodia ages 6-8
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia
We read this to complement our middle ages history lesson about Southeast Asia.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story about what can be done despite being unable to hear and speak.
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