Bronze and Sunflower facts for kids
|Cover artist||Meilo So|
|Genre||Children's literature, Contemporary fiction, Asian culture, literary fiction|
|Publisher||Walker Books Books (UK); Candlewick Press (USA)|
|2015 (UK); 2016 (USA)|
|Bronze and Sunflower|
Bronze and Sunflower (Chinese: 青铜葵花) is a Chinese children's novel written by Cao Wenxuan and was first published in 2006. The novel is set in the wetlands of northern Jiangsu province, China, during the 1960s and 1970s Cultural Revolution. It is a story of friendship between Bronze, a mute peasant boy, and Sunflower, the young daughter of an artist sent to a May Seventh Cadre School.
It has won numerous awards and commendations in China, and has been translated into several languages.
Bronze is a young mute boy, the only son of the poorest family in the village. Sunflower is a young girl, taken in by Bronze's family when she is orphaned. The story follows their lives in the village of Damaidi, highlighting family values against the hardships of rural life. It is one of a series of books set in the same region at the same time.
Bronze and Sunflower has been translated into several languages since its publication in 2006. Following is a list containing information about the translated works. Bronze and Sunflower is Cao's first novel to be translated into English. The translation was conducted by the British translator Helen Wang, and was published in 2015 in the UK and 2016 in the US. An account of this book's publishing history was published in Publishing Perspectives in 2018.
|English (UK)||Bronze and Sunflower||Walker Books||2015||Helen Wang|
|English (US)||Bronze and Sunflower||Candlewick Press||2017||Helen Wang|
|French||Bronze et Tournesol||Éditions Philippe Picquier||2015||Brigitte Guilbaud|
|German||Bronze und Sonnenblume||Esslingen Drachenhaus-Verl||2014||Nora Frisch|
|Turkish||Tunç ve Ayçiçeği||FOM Kitap||2017||Nimet Melis Çağlar|
|Polish||Brązowy i Słonko||Wydawnictwo Akademickie Dialog||2019||Katarzyna Sarek, Maria Jarosz, Andrzej Swoboda|
- Bronze and Sunflower, narrated by Ming-Zhu Hii
- Bronze and Sunflower (English), narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
|2018||Global Literature in Libraries Translated YA Book Prize||Shortlisted|
|2017||Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation||Awarded to Helen Wang for her English translation of Bronze and Sunflower|
|2017||Chen Bochui Children's Literature Award||Awarded to Helen Wang for translation and increasing visibility of Chinese children's literature|
|2017||Freeman Award||Bronze and Sunflower won the Young Adult/Middle School Literature Award|
|2005||《中国报纸》2005年十大好书奖||Bronze and Sunflower named as one of China Newspaper's Top Ten Books of 2005|
|2005||台湾“好书大家读”年度长篇小说类创作最佳奖||Bronze and Sunflower won a "Good Books for All to Read" prize for novels|
|2005||江苏精品图书奖||Bronze and Sunflower won a Jiangsu Excellent Picture Books Award]]|
|2005||第十届全国精神文明建设“五个一工程”奖||Bronze and Sunflower won a National Five Unique Projects prize|
|2005||首届世界出版政府奖||Bronze and Sunflower won a 1st World Publishing Government Prize|
|2005||中国作家协会第七届优秀儿童文学奖||Bronze and Sunflower won a China Writers Association 7th Excellent Children's Literature Award|
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