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Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan

Bronze and Sunflower

by Cao Wenxuan

Other authors: Helen Wang (Translator)

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After Sunflower's father drowns, she is taken to a local village to see if anyone is willing to adopt her. Bronze's family, his mom, dad, grandmother, and buffalo, want to add her to their family but they are worried that their poverty might be an obstacle. Bronze, who is mute, and Sunflower seem to have an immediate, unbreakable bond. The family takes her in and it is the family's story of survival and love through really tough times in rural 1960s China. A beautifully told story, I wonder how much this will resonate for students. ( )
  ewyatt | Jun 21, 2017 |
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Bronze and Sunflower are both lonely. They become friends, and after Sunflower's father disappears, they become family. Though Bronze's family is poor, they sacrifice everything they can to give Sunflower a good life. They love her, and she loves them. It's a sweet story, with a bittersweet ending. The book was translated from Chinese, but retains the feel of a Chinese story. This would be a great story to read aloud to kids. Because it is a translation, the flow of language is unique. The poetic descriptions are beautiful without overwhelming the story. ( )
  nittnut | Jun 20, 2017 |
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While meant for children, “Bronze and Sunflower” is a beautifully written book about the cultural revolution in China during the 1960s-70s that any age group can enjoy and learn from. The culture becomes alive, helped by the fact that it is translated into English. Everything rings true and authentic. I wish there were more books this good about other cultures. Highly recommended. ( )
  julieandbeli | Jun 9, 2017 |
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I was relieved to see that this was not a social commentary about the Chinese Cultural Revolution. It was a place marker for the period this book is situated in (whew!). With that distinction out of the way, it was a soft, gentle (muted!) story about a little girl and the family that adopted her when she was orphaned. It's a Chinese love story... to be more accurate a Chinese story about love. The images are clear, pure, and tangible. I was touched by it. I'm so lucky to have had the opportunity to read this book. ( )
  kpolhuis | May 11, 2017 |
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Simply beautiful. Though the historical context of the Cultural Revolution gives the story some background (the cadre schools, etc) the story is timeless. I almost felt, when reading it, that all the characters were mute as Bronze was, but they were speaking always through their actions, because the kindness and goodwill just bled throughout the whole book in Cao Wenxuan's style of storytelling. I have to credit Helen Wang's translation for maintaining the simplicity and elegance of the language. I'm so happy that Cao Wenxuan's books might now be making their way to our shores more often. ( )
  shazzerwise | May 9, 2017 |
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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 ostracised 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?
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