Little Leap Forward


This is a simple and poetic story about life in China as seen through the eyes of a child. It  provides lots of details fascinating details about the practicalities of life in Beijing, illustrated with the qualities of precision and charm which appeal to  children of any age.  The central theme about the boy’s developing awareness of the ideas and dilemmas swirling around in a time of cultural change gains clarity as the story develops.  This story would be enjoyed particularly by children interested in different ways of life and attitude across the world and have the patience to wait while events slowly link  into a narrative. For less confident readers, Helen Cann’s enchanting illustrations will make a story in themselves and bring China very close.

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Fiction | cross curricular | cultural diversity