In this animated short, a young girl and her father move from China to Canada, bringing only their Chinese violin along for the journey. As they face the challenge of starting fresh in a new place, the music of the violin connects them to the life they left behind and guides the girl towards a musical future.
Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.
Ages 8 to 9
Study Guide - Guide 1
Arts Education - Music
Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
Health/Personal Development - Bullying & Discrimination
This film deals with many themes. Use it to begin a unit on China. Ask students to find China on a map. Have students research the Chinese violin and, if interest is there, instruments from other countries. Make instruments and put on a musical performance. Older students can discuss the immigration experience and immigrants’ rights to proper housing, employment and safety.