In Shanghai, Li has a bicycle accident, goes through a near-death experience, and meets the ghost of Master Chen, whom she decides to honor by performing an important task for him
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Contemporary China is brought to life through the exciting adventures of a young heroine. Li takes a spill while running an errand on her bicycle. As she recovers from the shock, a ghost approaches her and promises to help her if she helps him. To find eternal rest he needs an honorable burial, and only Li can help him contact his family. Conjuring up the look and feel of Shanghai today, this gorgeously illustrated, large-format book tells a story of family, honor, and justice. A glossary of Chinese words and an author's note that places the story within the context of 20th-century China round out the book. 48 illustrations in full color, 9 x 13" Claude Guillot has made many trips to China. This is his first children's book to be translated into English. Fabienne Burckel is a French artist who has illustrated several children's books.From Publishers Weekly:
This meandering but visually arresting volume from a French team describes how a girl living in Shanghai meets her gui (ghost). Li, the narrator, tells about the small home she shares with her father and her mother, a factory worker whose true passion is making dresses. Most of the book is a flashback, brought on as Li straightens the hua (painting) of her gui. Li recalls that while she was delivering a dress, made by her mother, to the wealthy Ha family, she had a near-death experience, and Master Chen, her ghost, magically appeared. Master Chen promises he will "send [her] back from where [she has] come" if she agrees to compose a xin (letter) to his son. The narrative may be labyrinthine, but as the accompanying art takes readers through the streets of Shanghai, past canals, through a beauty salon, the Yu Garden and Old Town, they will come away with a sense of the energy and aesthetics of modern Shanghai. Subtle social commentary (e.g., a poster of Mao hangs in the kitchen of the lower-income neighbors to the affluent Ha family) will be lost on younger readers, and the overburdened prose may well be off-putting, but the paintings here offer a rare view of an exotic city. Glimpses into the homes and thoroughfares of a place halfway around the globe are studies in contrasts: lace tablecloths share space with striped carpeting and curtains in opposing floral patterns; an electric "slow cooker" sits alongside an ancient urn. In this book, the pictures tell the real story. Ages 5-9. (Sept.)
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Book Description Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1999. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Burckel, Fabienne (illustrator). First Edition. matte pictorial boards in like DJ, unpaged, c.34pp, col illus. This is a new, unread copy with minor creasing to edges of DJ, book is pristine. A touching story set in contemporary China. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # jen002774
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Fabienne Burcket (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0810941295
Book Description Harry N. Abrams. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0810941295 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.2026608