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The Peasant Prince - Li Cunxin

The Peasant Prince

By: Li Cunxin, Anne Spudvilas (Illustrator)

Hardcover

Published: October 2007
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old
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This is your one chance. You have your secret dreams. Follow them! Make them come true . . . '

In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams. For soon he will become a dancer, one of the finest dancers in the world . . .

So begins The Peasant Prince,, The true story of Li Cunxin's extraordinary life. Based upon his internationally best-selling memoir, Mao's Last Dancer, this remarkable picture book captures the essence of one of the most inspiring stories to come from China in many years.

With hauntingly beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist Anne Spudvilas, Li's journey of courage and determination is simply told, and as powerful as any fairytale.


About The Author

Li Cunxin was born in 1961, in the New Village, Li Commune, near the city of Qingdao on the coast of north-east China. The sixth of seven sons in a poor rural family, Li's peasant life in Chairman Mao's communist China changed dramatically when, at the age of eleven, he was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural advisers to become a student at the Beijing Dance Academy. After a summer school in America, for which he was one of only two students chosen, he defected to the West and became a principal dancer for the Housten Ballet.

About The Illustrator

Anne Spudvilas is one of Australia's foremost picture book illustrators and is an established artist. She divides her time between commissioned portraits, her work as a courtroom artist, and her award-winning illustrations for children's books.

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What a magical book. My admiration of Li admirable.

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    Comments about The Peasant Prince:

    The prompt receipt of the book amazed me. My purchase was for a gift to a young ballet student.
    Great because of my association with Mary his wife. Her Mother is my best friend since our working days at the ABC Studio in Brisbane in the 1950's.

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    5.0

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      Great book

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        Beautiful biography for children

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        ISBN: 9780670070541
        ISBN-10: 0670070548
        Audience: Children
        For Ages: 4 - 6 years old
        For Grades: K - 2
        Format: Hardcover
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 40
        Published: October 2007
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 29.1 x 24.2  x 1.0
        Weight (kg): 29.1
        Edition Number: 1