THE GIRL WHO DREW A PHOENIX by Demi
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THE GIRL WHO DREW A PHOENIX

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Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

A girl finds a phoenix feather and wonders if she can attain its special powers by drawing the magical bird. Feng Huang has never seen a real phoenix, and when she tries to draw one, her friends laugh at her. The Queen Phoenix takes pity on Feng Huang and visits, telling her “she must know the powers of the phoenix to truly draw them.” Queen Phoenix gives Feng Huang a list of the phoenix qualities: wisdom, clear sight, equality, generosity and right judgment. As Feng Huang tackles each, she is visited by a different phoenix who offers a clue for her to draw her way to understanding. When Feng Huang finally masters each power, she has changed completely and is ready to draw a “glorious phoenix” that amazes and teaches her friends. Exquisitely rendered in paint, ink and Chinese silk brocade, multicolored phoenixes literally swirl across double and foldout pages with magnificent curvilinear plumage, contrasting sharply with Feng Huang’s diminutive figure and offering visual proof of this mythic creature’s powers. Splendid. (Picture book. 7-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-5347-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: McElderry
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2008




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