The Peasant Prince: The True Story of Mao's Last Dancer

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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 bestselling memoir, Mao's Last Dancer, this remarkable picture book captures the essence of one of the most inspiring ...

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Overview

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 bestselling 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. Li's journey of courage and determination is simply told, and is as powerful as any fairytale.

Scored with superb music from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's 2009 stage production of The Peasant Prince.

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Gr 1–5—A poor peasant boy in China dreams of escaping his harsh life in this true story of Li Cunxin's life based on his picture-book memoir (Walker, 2008). Eleven-year-old Li gets his chance when he is chosen from millions of children to study ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy. Although he must leave his family and old life behind, his mother encourages him to follow his dreams. Li feels lost and lonely for years, but by age 18, he has become one of the best dancers in China and is asked to work with a ballet company in America. After a few years Li becomes an international star and his parents are allowed to come see him perform. A short afterword explains the difficulties of life in China during Mao's reign and how life in China is different today. Paul English narrates this first-person story with emotion and simplicity. Wonderful orchestral background music from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's 2009 stage production of The Peasant Prince emphasizes the storyline. This remarkable and inspiring story brings to life the power of determination and hope.—Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781743156322
  • Publisher: Bolinda audio
  • Publication date: 2/25/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,056,517
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Li Cunxin (pronounced “Lee Schwin Sing”) 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. Li went on to become one of the best male dancers in the world.

Li's autobiography, Mao's Last Dancer has been published in over twenty countries. A children's version of the book was released in 2005 and a feature-length film was released in 2009.

He is now a senior manager in a major stockbroking firm and lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife Mary and their three children, Sophie, Tom and Bridie.

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