24 Sep 2009

The Red Piano

I'm thinking I'm going to have to buy yet another book.

Written by Andre Leblanc, an artist and historian, and illustrated by Stephane-Yves Barroux, The Red Piano is inspired by the true story of internationally acclaimed concert pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei whom you can hear playing Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C major from The Well-Tempered Clavier in the video.

The picture book tells the story a young girl taken from her family and sent to a far-off labour camp during the turbulent times of China’s Cultural Revolution. Forbidden to play her beloved piano she bravely finds a way to practice in a secret location. Then she is caught...

Lovely online children's book shop, We ♥ Books has two of this lovely book to give away to readers. To win yourself a copy, pop over to their blog and follow the instructions. Too easy!

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  1. Sounds like a great book Jeanne, i haven't heard of it before. I have just finished reading Red Scarf Girl though, which is also about China's cultural revolution. Very revealing.

  2. What an interesting story! My first thought was it was a story out of the Soviet Union. [I was a Russian Studies major in college]

  3. I'll definitely check this out. We have two books by Barroux and love his illustrations.

  4. You might not have to buy this one, Jeanne - you might win it!


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