The Children of China: An Artist's Journey

Overview

Before coming to Canada, while he was still an art teacher in Beijing, Song Nan Zhang traveled from Inner Mongolia east, south, and north to find and paint unusual scenes of Chinese family life.

Here are the children who grow up in the saddle with their nomadic parents or become as agile as the mountain goats they tend. A boy plays chess on the ground with his shepherd grandfather. A teenager tends her father’s pottery shop. At festivals a ...
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Overview

Before coming to Canada, while he was still an art teacher in Beijing, Song Nan Zhang traveled from Inner Mongolia east, south, and north to find and paint unusual scenes of Chinese family life.

Here are the children who grow up in the saddle with their nomadic parents or become as agile as the mountain goats they tend. A boy plays chess on the ground with his shepherd grandfather. A teenager tends her father’s pottery shop. At festivals a child plays hide-and-seek, behind yellow parasols, and stilt dancers wait to compete.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
While a professor of art in China, Song Nan Zhang traveled throughout the entire country to sketch and photograph the people, especially the children. In this beautiful book, he presents his color paintings of children from the 15 regions of China. Accompanying his lovely pictures of Chinese family life are descriptions of each region. Also included is an end leaf map of China that matches each painting with its region. Not only will readers marvel at the beauty of the individual paintings, but also at the extraordinary diversity of people in China.
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“His intricate details carefully portray the wide variety of lifestyles, and his beautiful faces glow with deep contentment.”
MultiCultural Review

“A book that can be enjoyed by any age.…Complex in intent, simple in execution, exquisite in design, beautiful in effect…a forceful statement on the dignity and strength of the human spirit.”
Quill & Quire

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887764486
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 4/25/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,488,610
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.07 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Song Nan Zhang was born in Shanghai. He received a Masters degree from the Beijing Central Institute of Fine Arts, and his paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the world. Song Nan Zhang lives in Montreal. His son, Hao Yu, was born in Beijing and arrived in Montreal with his parents in 1990. He has a journalism degree from Concordia University and has written for the Montreal Gazette. He now lives in London, England, and works for the BBC.

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