Search Results: "Li Cunxin"


BOOK REVIEW

MAO’S LAST DANCER by Li Cunxin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A compelling story for ballet-lovers and all others. (photographs, timeline) (Memoir. 12 & up)"
In this "Young Readers' Edition" of his adult memoir, the Chinese-born dancer recounts his childhood and dance training during the Cultural Revolution, followed by his defection to dance in America. Read full book review >

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MAO’S LAST DANCER by Li Cunxin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2004

"Nicely written and humane: for anyone interested in modern Chinese history or for fans of dance."
A prominent ballet dancer revisits the strange course that led him from a Chinese hamlet to the world stage. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 22, 2008

"It's all about a young man far from home keeping stories close to his heart. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Born into extreme poverty in Mao's China, the author was able, through happenstance, determination and yes, talent, to achieve an amazing career as a ballet dancer in the West. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS LI / LA PRINCESA LI by Luis Amavisca
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"While it is rare and refreshing to see a lesbian couple appear in a picture book outside the context of motherhood, the love affair between Li and Beatrice isn't likely to extend to their readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This bilingual Spanish/English picture book celebrates an interracial love affair between two women. Read full book review >

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SHU-LI AND THE MAGIC PEAR TREE  by Paul Yee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A lovely read in the Shu-Li series that provides diversity and celebrations of heritage for young readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Shu-Li and her classmates try to harness the magic of a neighbor's pear tree to save their school. Read full book review >

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LI JUN AND THE IRON ROAD by Anne Tait
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"The concept is full of promise, but the product ultimately disappoints. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Since her father left China to work years ago on building a Canadian railroad, then disappeared, teenager Li Jun tries to fulfill a promise made to her dying mother to find him. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING DINOSAUR DETECTIVES by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"Dinosaur fans will have no trouble digging up better surveys. (glossary, quiz) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A barrage of dino names and facts, with fanciful cartoon illustrations. Read full book review >

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BIG CITY EXPLORER by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Problematic for libraries due to the detachable token, but like Mary Javins' 3-D World Atlas and Tour (2008), the gimmick isn't indispensable to the journey. (review quizzes) (Informational novelty. 6-8)"
A penguin guide conducts prospective tourists on a whirlwind flight over 28 world cities. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING HUMAN BODY DETECTIVES by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An inviting introduction for curious children from pre-K through early elementary school, but unfamiliar terms may require a little extra interpretation. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Colorful schematic illustrations and miniature detectives introduce major body parts. Read full book review >

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BUG DETECTIVE by Maggie Li
by Maggie Li, illustrated by Maggie Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"For readers who can get beyond the use of the generic 'bug,' this could be an engaging invitation to explore the world of small creatures. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Curious facts about familiar invertebrates are packaged with a magnifying glass for extended observations. Read full book review >

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THE WATER DRAGON by Li Jian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Although flatly ending with 'That's the legend told of the kind Water Dragon…' the story nonetheless has the satisfying elements of an entertaining and adventurous folktale. (Folktale. 6-9)"
Chinese dragons are made up of the parts of other animals, and this tale's eponymous water dragon has a snake's skin, a fish's scales, an eagle's claws and a deer's antlers. Read full book review >