Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin

By Booklist

A debut for both author and illustrator, this picture book was inspired by a documented encounter between nineteenth-century-artist Auguste Rodin and touring Cambodian dancers. Though Little Sap feels ‘like a magpie in a pen of peacocks,’ she earns a spot in the king’s royal troupe — and, later, impresses Rodin, who sees her in France, requests that she pose for him, and sends her off with thoughtful gifts… children will simply appreciate the ugly duckling premise and Hoshino’s mixed-media paintings, which showcase the beauty of traditional Cambodian movement.