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Bronze and Sunflower by [Cao Wenxuan, Meilo So, Helen Wang]
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Length: 400 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Language: English
Age Level: 9 - 12

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About the Author

Cao Wenxuan is a professor of Chinese literature at Peking University and one of China's most important writers for children. He has won several of China's most prestigious awards for children's literature and is the 2016 recipient of the international Hans Christian Andersen Award. Many of his books have become bestsellers in China, and his work has been translated into French, Russian, Japanese, and Korean. Bronze and Sunflower is his first full-length book to be translated into and published in English. --This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.


To read [Bronze and Sunflower's] adventures is to be embedded in the Chinese countryside -- for good and bad. The daily circumstances of their lives may be different from those of American children, but the emotions and relationships are universal.
--The New York Times Book Review

In Wang's translation of his leisurely, languid prose, Hans Christian Andersen winner Cao captures both the infinite joys and harsh realities of rural farming life...While seemingly idealized, the story and its protagonists reflect the Confucian values of filial piety and society above self--the very foundation of Chinese culture. Readers of all ages should be prepared to laugh, cry, and sigh with satisfaction.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner Wenxuan's moving story of a friendship between two lonely Chinese children, orphaned Sunflower and mute Bronze, bears all the elements of a classic: an inviting and solidly constructed setting, a close-knit family, and a kindhearted community (there's even a pet buffalo).
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Virtuous and kind, Bronze and Sunflower's family reflects important cultural values including filial piety, respect for elders, the value of hard work and education, and the importance of saving face. This not-to-be-missed story reminds us to be thankful for family and love, no matter our station in life. Helpful back matter provides additional insight into this specific time in China's history.
--Booklist (starred review)

Capturing a distinct time and place as well as moments of bittersweet universality, this vivid and accessible novel for 9- to 12-year-olds would make for a superb family read-aloud.
--The Wall Street Journal

The landscape, captured in lyrical, evocative prose, takes the leading role in this episodic novel set during China's Cultural Revolution...This beautifully written depiction of a time and place not often seen in children's literature makes for a strong purchase.
--School Library Journal

Told in spare yet glimmering prose, this story is a testament to all that love and loyalty are able to overcome... In a time when our divisions seem to be drawn more forcefully than ever, Bronze and Sunflower's unlikely bond serves as a beacon of hope.

The details about rural Chinese life are a revelation...Cao shows English-speaking readers a foreign world where time is measured in the seasonal comings and goings of the swallows, but also a familiar one where the fabric of family is woven from shared hopes and unexpected acts of kindness.
--Shelf Awareness Pro

The author does not shy away from heartbreaking events such as famine, storm devastation, and the loss of loved ones, resulting in a moving and at times shockingly honest account...Translator Wang manages successfully the difficult tasks of maintaining the stylistic integrity of the original text and achieving a high level of readability in her translation.
--The Horn Book

These beautiful moments of love abounding in the midst of hardship and poverty are timeless and will appeal to all readers.
--School Library Connection

Two lonely children, scarred by tragedy, form an inseparable bond in this lovely novel from a beloved Chinese author set in the Chinese countryside during the Cultural Revolution.
--Buffalo News

The constant hardships of rural poverty are balanced by selflessness, love and the beauty of nature. The story's ending is both heartbreaking and transcendent, reminiscent of the best fairy tales.
--Plain Dealer

Ideal for bookclubs, this is one of the finest translations I've ever encountered and undeniably the best Chinese middle grade novel I've ever read.
--A Fuse #8 Production (blog) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File size : 1506 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Walker Books (19 March 2015)
  • ASIN : B00RY0QCA6
  • Print length : 400 pages
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars I found it totally enchanting - and beautifully translated.
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