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by (author) Paul Yee

illustrated by Shaoli Wang

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2005
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2005
    List Price

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In a Chinese village, Bamboo, a simple farmer, falls in love with a peasant girl, Ming, and soon they are married. To celebrate the wedding, the newlyweds plant a grove of bamboo. When Bamboo goes to the New World to seek his fortune, his new wife is left behind to till the fields. Ming soon discovers that the bamboo she brought as a gift to her new husband is magic.

About the authors

Paul Yee is one of Canada's finest writers for children. He was raised in Vancouver and has worked in the archives at the Vancouver Museum. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature for Ghost Train. He now lives in Toronto.
Ghost Trainbr>    Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award 1996br>    Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award 1997br>    Finalist for the Toronto IODE Book Award 1997
The Bone Collector's Sonbr>    Winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award 2004br>    Finalist for the Rocky Mountain Book Award 2006br>    Finalist for the Stellar Book Award (BC Teen Readers' Choice Award) 2005-6br>    Chosen as Best of 2004, Resource
Bamboobr>    Finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award 2007 (BC Readers' Choice Award)br>    Chosen as Best of 2006, Resource Links
The Jade Necklacebr>    Finalist for the Mr. Christie's Book Award 2002

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Shaoli Wang was born in China. She trained as an art teacher and graduated from the Department of Fines Arts of Qingdao Normal College, specializing in children’s book illustration, gouache and oil painting. She now lives in BC.


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Librarian Reviews


Magic and trickery flourish in this folktale set in rural China. Bamboo, a young Chinese farmer, weds Ming, the woman of his dreams. Together they plant bamboo seedlings, which produce a luxuriant bamboo grove. When Bamboo leaves for the New World to seek his fortune, Ming is left behind to deal with the cunning and conniving behaviour of her brother and sister-in-law. Ming is able to benefit from the mysterious powers of the bamboo until her brother-in-law discards them in the river. Her husband writes of his impending return but months later Ming receives notification that he is lost at sea. Through good fortune the two are re-united and grant forgiveness to the family. Paul Yee is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award and author of numerous children’s books.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2006.


In this poetic story, two Chinese newlyweds plant a grove of bamboo. When a nasty relative makes their life miserable, a mysterious force brings help and sustenance.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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