Dancing to Freedom: The True Story of Mao’s Last Dancer

By Li Cunxin
Illustrators Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas Publisher Walker Imprint Walker ISBN


Awards and Honors NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2009, Biography

Dancing to Freedom: The True Story of Mao’s Last Dancer

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"I was always hungry. At night we slept head to toe, crammed on a hard bed. . . . And my brothers and I were luckier than some in our village. We survived." Li Cunxin dreamed of seeing the world outside the small town in China where he was born. Then a group of government officials visited and offered him the chance to study ballet in Beijing. It was an opportunity he couldn't turn down, but it would mean leaving his family behind-ultimately, half a world behind. Historical note. Full-color ink, watercolor, and oil paintings.
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