Mao’s Last Dancer: Young Reader’s Edition

By Li Cunxin
Publisher Walker Imprint Walker ISBN


Awards and Honors NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2009, World History and Culture

Mao’s Last Dancer: Young Reader’s Edition

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"Great things don't come easily!" a ballet teacher once told Li Cunxin. It was a lesson that Li knew well. Born to bitter poverty in rural China, he was chosen by a group of visiting officials to attend the Beijing Dance Academy. There, Li had to learn extraordinarily difficult dance moves while also studying to be a good Maoist. His hard work earned him the chance to visit the United States-where Li faced his greatest challenge. Afterword. Historical note. Time line. Glossary of Chinese words. Blackand- white photographs.
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