by Paul Yeeillustrated by Shaoli Wang
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In a Chinese village, Bamboo, a simple farmer, falls in love with a peasant girl, Ming, and soon they are married. To celebrate the wedding, the newlyweds plant a grove of bamboo. When Bamboo goes to the New World to seek his fortune, his new wife is left behind to till the fields. Ming soon discovers that the bamboo she brought as a gift to her new husband is magic.
Themes: multicultural, Chinese, folktale, Chinese heritage,
- Finalist for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize (BC Book Prizes) 2006
- Finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award (BC Readers' Choice) 2007
- Finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award 2007
- Selected for the Best of 2006 list by Ressource Links
“Another heart-warming tale of the perseverance of the human spirit from Paul Yee that will be thoroughly enjoyed in the classroom” Resource Links
"Wang's folk-art-style paintings layer scenes of traditional, rural home life against strikingly composed landscapes, contributing to the story's magical dimension through wild, off-kilter perspectives" Booklist
Paul Yee is one of Canada's finest writers for children. He was raised in Vancouver and now lives in Toronto. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature for Ghost Train.
Shaoli Wang was born in China. She trained as an art teacher and graduated from the Department of Fines Arts of Qingdao Normal College, specializing in children's book illustration, gouache and oil painting. She now lives in BC.