Peking Opera star Xiao Yunxian came and stayed at “my” house! This little girl experiences the Peking Opera culture for the first time and is deeply fascinated by it. Yet with war approaching, the performance duration is shortened, and Uncle Xiao is also forced to leave. War takes away Peking Opera culture and the peaceful life from everyone.
The 2nd Picture Book Award Winning Books
- Author：Yao Hong
- Illustrator：Yao Hong
- Publisher：Yilin Press
- Age Range：8-12
- Publication Date：11-2012
Upon opening Infatuated with Peking Opera, what appears is the poignant Jiangnan ambiance and the elegant writing. From the first page, we follow the author on a squeaking wooden boat. Under the swaying shades, through the running water, we are now at the heroine's uncle and grandmother's house. The author narrates in the little girl's first person point of view, and illustrates with single lines and light colors. We are allowed to follow her to trace back her pale childhood memory with no return.
The refined binding, exquisite production, simple yet proficient character depiction, precise background, and the artful text arrangement and implication all immerse readers in listening to the impassioned vocal exercises by the morning riverbank, the fans'aroused echo in the theatre, and miserable shouts far and near during warfare. These are accurate background information. The editor did not put adults'tedious and subjective “reading directives” of the plays. Instead, a vivid image of how the little girl is infatuated with the plays appears repeatedly without a word, which enables readers to emotionally resonate with the author.
Infatuated with Peking Opera is a simple, nearly detached historical pastel sketch. This nostalgic, multilayered, and implicit poetic prose is like a cup of bittersweet Chinese tea. It enables us to accompany children in the era of video games, bubble gums, and hamburgers, and enjoy the cup of tea. It allows us to hold our children's hands to feel the soil that nurtures the culture for thousands of years, and touch the cultural foundation.
Chen Jianghong (Chinese French artist, author and illustrator for Children's Picture Books)
Born in Nanjing in 1961, Yao Hong graduated in 1982 from the Chinese art department of the Nanjing University of Art. She was editor at Jiangsu Juvenile and Children's Publishing House, and is currently a professor in the illustration faculty of the Art College in Nanjing Institute of the Arts.
Yao's illustrated works include The Tossed-Hair Girl Goes Ice-Skating《蓬蓬頭溜冰的故事》was awarded as 1stclass prize at National Excellent Children's Books（全國優秀少兒讀物）, which was published in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong), The Pearl《明珠》was awarded 1st class prize at National Excellent Children's Books（全國優秀少兒讀物）, The Grand Fairytale of the Evening《晚上的浩浩蕩蕩童話》received Bingxin Book Award（冰心圖書獎）, 《牙印兒》received the Little Pine Award from the International Board on Books for Young People（國際兒童讀物聯盟「小松樹」獎）, King of the flying kisses《飛吻大王》received the National Book Award （國家圖書獎）, “The Extraordinary Ma Mingjia” series volume 1-8《非常小子馬鳴加系列》received outstanding illustration award from Shanghai Book Design（上海書籍設計優秀插圖獎）.