Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin

By Asian Reporter

Author Michelle Lord also teaches us some basics about traditional Khmer culture. It’s all a terrific trip. Publisher Lee & Low Books is known for its commitment to multicultural children’s books. With Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin, it combines Ms. Lord’s gently adventurous tale with illustrator Felicia Hoshino’s at-once simple and intense full-page pictures. In the end, this is a story and picture book all about a picture — a famous picture of a humble country girl who gets to see herself as a great man sees her. As a wondrous apsara, just like those carved lyrical spirits dancing around stone palace walls.