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The first in Barefoot Books' Young Fiction line, this sensitively written, real-life story focuses on growing up in Beijing in the 1960s, at the time of the Cultural Revolution.
Little Leap Forward offers children an intimate and immediate account of a child's experiences as Mao Tse Tung's Great Leap Forward policy tightens its grip on China.
Experience this coming-of-age tale that brings to life the time of the Cultural Revolution. A young boy growing up in the hutongs of China discovers the heartache of loving and having to let go when he captures a bird, only to discover that she will not sing in confinement.
NAPRA Nautilus Award Winner Recommended by the National Literary Association.
“The warm wash of color and the textured detail in Helen Cann’s illustrations reinforce the novel’s pastiche of folk tale, parable and realism” — The New York Times
“Guo and his wife, Clare Farrow, write about the Cultural Revolution with poignant understatement, underscored by the book's unassuming design” — San Francisco Chronicle
Little Leap Forward - A Boy in Beijing
Reading age: 8-12 years
Dimensions: 13.5 x 21 cm
Publisher: Barefoot Books
Guo Yue grew up in Beijing, China at the time of the Cultural Revolution. He later studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London and is now a renowned flautist and composer whos music is published by Peter Gabriel's Real World label, Cultural Revolution. He is also an excellent cook and teaches at the renowned Divertimenti Cookery School in London, England.
Clare Farrow is a writer and journalist specialising in modern contemporary art. She has published interviews with Anish Kapoor and Annie Liebovitz. She lives in London, England and co-writes books with her husband, Guo Yue.
Helen Cann has worked as an artist since graduating from the School of Art, University of Wales in 1992. Helen uses all kinds of patterns to create her artwork, including those from textiles, ceramics, furniture, jewelery and even body paint. She has illustrated many books for Barefoot, as well as exhibiting in England and throughout Europe. She currently lives in Sussex, England.