Sing to the Dawn
|Publisher||William Morrow & Co|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|LC Class||PZ7.H633 Si|
Sing to the Dawn is a story by the American author Minfong Ho, which was originally published as a short story and was awarded first prize by the Council of Interracial Books for Children in New York City in 1975. It was later extended to a full-length novel.
Dawan, a young village girl who lives in Thailand, wins a scholarship to study in a city school. Her brother, Kwai, places second and is initially jealous, causing a rift between the two previously-close siblings. This hostility is further exacerbated by Dawan's father, who feels that the city is no place for a female. Dawan faces obstacles at every turn, and eventually overcomes these obstacles and proves to herself and to others that she is fully capable of handling the scholarship and the responsibility it entails.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
- Sing to the Dawn was adapted into a critically acclaimed musical by Singaporean composer Dick Lee in 1996 and was directed by Steven Dexter. The musical has proved extremely popular after its initial run, and has been restaged several times, including a restaging by the Singapore Management University's production house in 2003 and a joint production between Raffles Institution and Raffles Girls' School in 2004.
- A full-length feature animation based on the book was produced in collaboration by MediaCorp Raintree Pictures, the Media Development Authority of Singapore and Infinite Frameworks, and was released on 30 October 2008, with the Chinese title of 曦望. The movie was localised into an Indonesian version with the title "Meraih Mimpi" and released on Indonesian cinemas on 16 September 2009.
- minfong ho - Biography. Authors Guild. Retrieved on 2006-10-17.
- by Hui Bing Ang "A stylistic analysis of Minfong Ho's Sing to the dawn : how it constructs its fictional world and positions the reader" link for thesis
- Media Development Authority - Raintree Pictures, the MDA and Silicon Illusions Collaborate To Produce Animated Feature. Media Development Authority of Singapore. Retrieved on 2006-10-17.
- Sing to the Dawn. Radio Singapore International. Retrieved on 2006-10-17.
- Indonesian Site of "Meraih Mimpi"
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