Bronze and Sunflower

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Bronze and Sunflower
Author: Wenxuan, Cao
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 1966-1976
Geographic Area: Asia
Country: China
Topics: Cultural Revolution
Genre: Fiction, Own Voices
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2019

World History > Modern Age > China

A beautifully written, timeless tale by Cao Wenxuan, best-selling 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 hasn’t 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.

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