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Chang and the Bamboo Flute
     

Chang and the Bamboo Flute

by Hill, Lesley Liu (Illustrator), James Heneghan
 
Chang's creativity brings more than just music to his family

When a flood on the Li River in southern China threatens their houseboat, Chang and his family, including his father's specially trained fishing birds, are lucky to find shelter in a barn belonging to the family of Chang's friend Mei Mei. Chang has brought his bamboo flute with him, but is shy about

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Chang's creativity brings more than just music to his family

When a flood on the Li River in southern China threatens their houseboat, Chang and his family, including his father's specially trained fishing birds, are lucky to find shelter in a barn belonging to the family of Chang's friend Mei Mei. Chang has brought his bamboo flute with him, but is shy about playing it in front of Mei Mei's family, especially her older brother, who likes to tease Chang about the sounds he makes in place of speech - sounds that only the fishing birds understand. Chang's music is especially important to him, but he wants to keep it private. It is only after the floodwaters recede and the family returns home to the damaged houseboat that Chang will find that the time has come to share his talent with others.

Collaborating again on this companion volume to Bird Boy, a Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner, Elizabeth Starr Hill and Lesley Liu have created another sensitive, appealing book, in which a boy discovers how to play to his strengths rather than keeping them hidden.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Chang and the Bamboo Flute by Elizabeth Starr, illus. by Lesley Liu, follows the star of Bird Boy as he and his family are forced to leave their houseboat, damaged in a flood, and live on land. When they return to their river home a few days later, they discover something valuable missing, and only Chang can remedy the situation. Of the first novel, PW wrote, "Hill's economical prose effortlessly weaves in multiple themes of courage, responsibility, and friendship while shedding light on a unique way of earning a living [cormorant fishing]."
Kirkus Reviews
In a simply told sequel to Bird Boy (1999), young Chang, born mute, finds a way to help his family after flood-borne wreckage damages their houseboat. Chang can communicate with his father's trained fishing cormorants well enough, but is shy around people, expressing himself best with his beloved flute. Younger readers will easily understand how much he's willing to give up when, after his mother's precious wok is swept away in a spring flood, he offers his flute to an unscrupulous merchant for a replacement. Fortunately, his friend Bo Won, a blind storyteller, has a better idea, persuading Chang to overcome his reluctance to play in public. Chang's impromptu concert earns him enough for not only a fine new wok, but something delectable to cook in it too. Lin, a Taiwanese artist, brings the traditional setting into sharper focus with large, carefully detailed black-and-white scenes; Hill puts her sensitive musician into situations that allow him to display courage and quick thinking, as well as a willingness to make sacrifices for the greater good. (Fiction. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374312381
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
10/25/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.63(h) x (d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Starr Hill lives in Winter Park, Florida.

Lesley Liu lives in Taipei, Taiwan.

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