A Song For Cambodia

By The Horn Book Guide

This sophisticated picture book describes the life of Arn Chorn-Pond as a boy in 1970s Cambodia. At a children’s work camp, he learned to play the khim (a traditional Cambodian instrument) and found that his talent could help himself and others temporarily escape the horror around them. Arihara’s paintings effectively contrast the lush countryside with the severity of life in the labor camp.