Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan - OPTIONAL

Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan translated from Chinese by Helen Wang, 386 pages. Candlewick Press, 2005, 2015, 2017. $17.00

Language: G (0 swears, 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. 



Sunflower's father is an artist, sent to labor at a Cadre School in 1970s China. When her father tragically dies, the small girl is adopted by the poorest family in the village. Their one son is Bronze, a boy who became mute when a family tragedy left him without his voice. Bronze and Sunflower immediately bond, and Sunflower becomes part of a very loving family. But the family is so poor, they can barely afford to feed themselves, let alone feed, clothe and send Sunflower to school. But families sacrifice for those they love. 

I'm always a little wary of books originally published in another language. They just don't seem to get read by the kids. This one is no different. Slow moving, and very descriptive, this "slice of life" was interesting from an historical perspective, and very sweet, but would have limited kid appeal.

Lisa Librarian

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