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Cao Wenxuan - Author

About the Author

Cao Wenxuan is one of China's most important children's writers and is widely considered the country's most subtle and philosophical, often referred to as China's very own Hans Christian Andersen - and in fact he was awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2016.

He is a professor of Chinese literature at Peking University, and has in turn taught some of China's best young writers. Many of his books have been bestsellers, including Thatched Cottage and Red Gourd, and his work has been translated into French, Russian, Japanese, Korean, German and English. Cao has won several of China's most highly regarded awards for children's literature, including the Song Qingling and Bing Xin prizes. 

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Other books by Cao Wenxuan

Feather

Feather

Author: Cao Wenxuan, Chloe Garcia-Roberts, Roger Mello Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2017

Bronze and Sunflower

Bronze and Sunflower

Author: Cao Wenxuan Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 07/03/2017

A beautifully written, timeless tale by Cao Wenxuan, bestselling Chinese author and 2016 recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.Sunflower is an only child, and when her father is sent to the rural Cadre School, she has to go with him. Her father is an established artist from the city and finds his new life of physical labor and endless meetings exhausting. Sunflower is lonely and longs to play with the local children in the village across the river. When her father tragically drowns, Sunflower is taken in by the poorest family in the village, a family with a son named Bronze. Until Sunflower joins his family, Bronze was an only child, too, and hasnt spoken a word since he was traumatized by a terrible fire. Bronze and Sunflower become inseparable, understanding each other as only the closest friends can. Translated from Mandarin, the story meanders gracefully through the challenges that face the family, creating a timeless story of the trials of poverty and the power of love and loyalty to overcome hardship.

Bronze and Sunflower

Bronze and Sunflower

Author: Cao Wenxuan, Meilo So Illustrator: Meilo So Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

A classic, heartwarming tale set to the backdrop of the Chinese cultural revolution, with the timeless feels of Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea. A beautifully written, timeless tale by bestselling Chinese author Cao Wenxuan, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award. When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marsh lands - the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness. However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracized by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze's family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for. But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze's family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness?

Bronze and Sunflower

Bronze and Sunflower

Author: Cao Wenxuan Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/04/2015

Bronze and Sunflower

Bronze and Sunflower

Author: Cao Wenxuan Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 19/03/2015

A classic, heartwarming tale set to the backdrop of the Chinese cultural revolution, with the timeless feels of Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea.A beautifully written, timeless tale by bestselling Chinese author Cao Wenxuan, winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marsh lands - the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness. However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracized by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze's family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for. But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze's family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness?

Excellent Works by Cao Wenxuan

Excellent Works by Cao Wenxuan

Author: Cao Wenxuan Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2013

The wonderful stories suitable for primary and secondary school students are selected from many beautiful stories by Cao Wenxuan into the Sparkling Maplewood. The articles in this book contain the strong personal experience and the fine aesthetic taste. This book has an important feature that this book firstly takes the form of Cao Wenxuan's new beautiful stories plus the story introduction by An Wulin. It could be called as a perfect pair in the children literature circle.

Reading and Appreciation of Cao Wenxuan's Novel

Reading and Appreciation of Cao Wenxuan's Novel

Author: Cao Wenxuan Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2013

This series, selected from beautiful essays written by Cao Wenxuan, contains excellent stories suitable for reading by primary and secondary school students. Works of this series are essays with strong personal experience and exquisite aesthetic temperament & interest. What lack in the market for existing books of Cao Wenxuan are interpretation and extension. Therefore the planning point of this series is the first Cao Wenxuan ** beautiful essay and An Wulin story instruction in China, which is a perfect combination in children's literature. The preface of this series is written by Jin Bo, a famous author, reviewer and professor in children literature. An Wulin is an author and reviewer with rough life experience; he can get familiar with life described by Cao Wenxuan. His comment and instruction will demonstrate unique and accurate understanding of works as an reviewer.

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