Little Leap Forward
Written by Guo Yue, Clare Farrow
Illustrated by Helen Cann
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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.
A fascinating snapshot of how totally life changed in Beijing for a little boy, Little Leap Forward, his family and his friends when Chairman Mao came to power. The son of a musician, Little Leap Forward’s life revolves around his love of music, especially the old Chinese music his father used to love. But when the Red Guards spread throughout Beijing, enjoying the old pleasures becomes dangerous. Beautifully illustrated and produced in an attractive hardback.
Little Leap Forward by Guo Yue, Clare Farrow
It's the summer of 1966, and the streets of Beijing are bristling with rumours about revolution. For eight-year-old Little Leap Forward and his friends, life seems unchanged - they fly kites, run errands, play games. One day, Little Leap Forward captures a songbird - but he cannot persuade her to sing. Will he break with tradition and give her back her freedom? Little Leap Forward is a semi-autobiographical account that is based on the author's experiences of the Cultural revolution. He was born in 1958, the year of Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward. It offers an explanation of what the Cultural Revolution meant to him, his family and the Chinese people.
The author reads from the book and talks about his experiences of life during China's Cultural Revolution in this video.
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Guo Yue, Clare Farrow
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1st October 2011
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