Bronze and Sunflower

Genre: Middle Grade

Bronze and Sunflower

Performed by:
Emily Woo Zeller

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 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.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 8 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, Download, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Author
Cao Wenxuan

Biography:
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.
Narrator
Emily Woo Zeller

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