Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Caged Birds of Phnom Penh

The Caged Birds of Phnom Penh

Spring 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Frederick Lipp
Illustrator: Ronald Himler
ISBN: 0-8234-1534-1
Hardcover Price: $16.95
This quiet story, beautifully told and sensitively illustrated by Ronald Himler, tells of an eight-year old heroine, Ary, growing up in poverty in the capital city of Cambodia. She longs to know more of the world than the smog-filled streets where she sells strings of flowers to tourists. With money she has saved, she is able to buy a caged bird and--after a first failed attempt--to set it free. With its release, Ary makes a wish for her own future freedom. Story and pictures, this book transports us to another world and holds us in its spell, start to finish.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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