Su Dongpo: Chinese Genius

by Demi

Lovely, stylized illustrations accompany an account of the life of Su Dongpo, an... read more

Lovely, stylized illustrations accompany an account of the life of Su Dongpo, an eleventh-century Chinese poet, artist, scholar, and public servant whose contributions, humility, and spirituality are revered. Despite his many accomplishments, Su Dongpo’s life was mired in political turmoil. At one point he was isolated in a remote province, and later he was exiled. Su Dongpo’s crimes were putting the needs of the people before the fame and glory of leaders. Author/illustrator Demi weaves some of Su Dongpo’s own poems and observations into brief narrative, which is graced by delicate paintings that suggest traditional Chinese artistry. (Ages 9–12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

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