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Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin

By Michelle Lord
Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino
2006, 29 pages, Hardback.
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It's 1906 and the court dancers at the Royal Palace in Cambodia are abuzz with news of a trip to France for the Colonial Exhibition. Little Sap, a poor country girl who joined the dance troupe to give her family a better life, is apprehensive about traveling to a faraway land.

In Paris the artist Auguste Rodin is captivated by the classical beauty of traditional Cambodian dance. He insists on sketching the dancers, especially Little Sap. As Rodin's pencil sweeps across his paper, Little Sap's worries melt away. She realizes how much she has grown as a dancer and how far she has come in fulfilling her special duty to her family.

With grace and imagination, this touching story relives the historical encounter between Rodin and Little Sap, weaving together the hopes and aspirations of a young girl and the beauty of artistic expression.

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Background on the Author and Illustrator

Michelle Lord fell in love with the culture of Cambodia when she traveled there to adopt her youngest daughter. She was inspired to write this book after discovering the story behind Auguste Rodin's Cambodian Dancer sketches. Lord lives in New Braunfels, Texas, with her husband and their three children. This is her first picture book.

Felicia Hoshino makes her picture book debut with Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin. To research the poses and movements for this book, Hoshino visited a local Cambodian dance group. She also drew from her own memories of performing Japanese classical dance as a child. Hoshino lives and works in San Francisco, California.

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