Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments


Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments


"Every musician knows that learning to play an instrument has its challenges and its rewards. There's the embarrassing first day of rehearsal, but also the joy of making friends in the orchestra. There's dealing with slippery concert dress, or simply getting swept up in the music. The twelve children in this book are just like any other musicians practicing their instruments and preparing for a concert. But what sets these music lovers apart is that they all play traditional Chinese musical instruments in a Chinese orchestra. Including both flights of fancy and practical considerations, lively poems capture each child's musical experience with a different Chinese instrument, while sidebars provide more information about each one. Vivid illustrations depicting each fascinating instrument bring you along on this musical journey. And then you are invited to the grand finale!" "SUMMONING THE PHOENIX, written by Emily Jiang and illustrated by April Chu follows a multicultural Chinese orchestra as they get ready to perform. Each traditional Chinese instrument is accompanied by a short poem and a description. The book has fanciful illustrations as well." "This book is about Chinese instruments being learned and played by children who are getting ready for an orchestra performance. It's beautifully written and illustrated with Chinese elegance. Each instrument is accompanied by a poem and description. It's ideal for children to learn about Chinese instruments and Chinese culture." This book has won the 2014 CALA Best Book Award (Categroy: Children's Books).


Jiang, Emily


Lee & Low Books






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Jiang, Emily, “Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed December 9, 2022,