Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 48 pages, 9.02 × 9.47 × 0.36 in
Published: March 26, 1999
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0887763561
ISBN - 13: 9780887763564
From the Publisher
In 1944, when Song Nan Zhang was not yet three, he saw a baby tiger outside the hut in the mountains where he and his mother were living. The tiger returned twice before disappearing into the bamboo forest forever. For a child to see a tiger meant luck, but Song Nan Zhang wasn’t sure if living in China was lucky or not. Life was so difficult that sometimes he felt like the lost tiger itself, hoping for a home only to be forced back into the dark.
In this, his autobiography, Song Nan Zhang paints the dispersal of his family, his development as an artist, the humor that lightened some of the more difficult times, and finally, his journey to Canada.
About the Author
Song Nan Zhang was born in Shanghai. He received a Masters degree from the Beijing Central Institute of Fine Arts, and his paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the world. Song Nan Zhang lives in Montreal. His son, Hao Yu, was born in Beijing and arrived in Montreal with his parents in 1990. He has a journalism degree from Concordia University and has written for the Montreal Gazette. He now lives in London, England, and works for the BBC.
From Our Editors
His family had taken the cottage as a refuge from the Japanese occupation of Shanghai. Day after day, little Song Nan Zhang played in the backyard. Day after day, he saw the young tiger quietly watching, never harming him. Elders said it was a good omen. That good luck seems to carry through A Little Tiger in the Chinese Night, Song's autobiography. In a simple but engaging narrative, readers experience turbulent events in China — the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution and the Tiananmen Square massacre — through Song's eyes. Exquisitely illustrated, this is a unique look at a life that managed to grow despite difficult times — perhaps partially due to a little tiger.
“His descriptions of life in China, in both prose and paintings…offer an excellent introduction to the modern history of a complex country.”
–School Library Journal