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Father's Chinese Opera by Rich Lo
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it was amazing
bookshelves: we-need-diverse-books, picture-books

Loosely based on the author’s childhood in China, this story features the son of a Chinese opera composer who longs to be an acrobat in the opera. Through his studies with the choreographer Gai Chui and his father’s encouraging words the young boy learns the value of hard work and dedication. The vibrant colors and swirling movement bring to life the drama of Chinese opera in this heartfelt story. The illustrations and text provide just enough background to set the stage, however the focus of the story stays on the characters. An author’s note provides information on the traditions of Chinese opera and the author’s father Lo Tok who really was an opera composer in China. Suggestions for further reading are included, however because there aren’t many children’s books on the subject the list provides mostly adult titles. Nonetheless, this is a great way to introduce elementary aged students to this beautiful and unique art form.

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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
July 14, 2014 – Shelved
February 21, 2017 – Shelved as: we-need-diverse-books
February 21, 2017 – Shelved as: picture-books

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