Chinese Cinderella – The Mystery of the Song Dynasty Painting

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Chinese Cinderella – The Mystery of the Song Dynasty Painting

Published by Puffin Books on 6 August 2009 in Paperback, Price £6.99

  • Adeline Yen Mah’s autobiography Falling Leaves was a publishing sensation, going on to sell over 1 million copies worldwide
  • Her children’s adaptation of Falling Leaves, Chinese Cinderella, has achieved equal success with 450,000 copies sold in the UK and over 1 million copies worldwide.
  • In Chinese Cinderella: The Mystery of the Song Dynasty Painting, Chinese Cinderella now goes on to new adventures, drawing children and people of all ages into a fascinating encounter with Chinese culture and an iconic painting from the Song Dynasty in particular

chinese cinderella - the mystery of the song dynasty painting

Painted during the 12th Century AD, Along the River During the Qing Ming Festival is China’s most famous painting. Mah has written a stunning historical novel reconstructing the circumstances of the painting’s creation by the artist Zhang Ze-duan.

Running to escape a mysterious woman in Shanghai Market, Chinese Cinderella scrabbles across wet roof shingles before tumbling into a void… Following her fall, she begins to recall a previous life, lived 800 years ago as the artist Zhang Ze-duan’s thirteen-year-old sister, Zhang Mei-lang.

Drawing on the history of the era, Adeline Yen Mah evokes the power struggles and domestic tensions within the Zhang household. Through the eyes of the young heroine, everyday life during the Song Dynasty is described so vividly that readers will smell the stench of latrines in the outhouse, see the calligraphy on the oblong red boxes, hear the songs being sung to zither music and taste the goose liver, deer’s tongue and bears’ paws being served.

Chinese Cinderella and the Mystery of the Song Dynasty Painting introduces Chinese art and history, at a time when China is taking its place as a pre-eminent world power, and an unprecedented number of children are learning Mandarin. The book incorporates the Chinese language throughout and a glossary of useful Chinese words, as well as colour illustrations of the painting and two other artworks which form part of the story.

Adeline Yen Mah’s book is a jewel of a tale that mirrors the elegance and beauty of the ancient painting that inspired it.

Author Information:

Adeline Yen Mah spent her childhood in Tianjin and Shanghai in China, Hong Kong and England. She studied medicine but gave up her career as a physician to become a full-time writer. Following her stepmother’s death, Adeline felt compelled to write her story and the result, Falling Leaves, became an international bestseller.

Adeline went on to adapt her story for children under the title Chinese Cinderella. Chinese Cinderella became a phenomenal success, selling over 450,000 copies in the UK alone and over a million worldwide. Adeline has gone on to write several further titles for both adults and children, including Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society, an adventure based on her own made-up stories when she was a lonely child.

In addition to her writing, Adeline is also involved with the Committee of 100 which is organizing the U.S. Pavilion for the forthcoming 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

Adeline Yen Mah divides her time between California and London.

For further information please contact Caroline Brown or Truda Spruyt at Colman Getty on 020 7631 2666 or at [email protected] or [email protected]

  1. Lexine says:

    Thank u soo much for writing your story! It must have been hard for u to write all of this. I cried throughout most of your book,”Chinese Cinderella” it was very inspiring and moving to read. Thank u for your books! 🙂

  2. seejal says:

    Hi Adeline,

    your book is touchy. hope u write more books.

    seejal 😉

  3. lily says:

    hey adeline your book inspired me 🙂

    your book is awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=)

  4. Vanessa says:

    Hi Adeline,

    I’m 13 and I’ve just finished reading your book Chinese Cinderella. I am now starting to read Chinese Cinderella and The Secret Dragon Society. I found Chinese Cinderella extremely sad and I had to keep reminding myself that there were real people who were actually that mean to you. I love the book so much, and while I was reading it I actually cried in some parts of the book, especially when Jackie (the dog) killed your precious little duckling. I know exactly how you felt since I have lost someone close to me as well. I hope now you have a better life than you did when you were little.

    Vanessa.

  5. Meech says:

    Just finished reading your book “Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society” and I must say you never fail to amaze me with your writing skills. No matter how much I don’t like to read or hear about how the Japanese were during the World War II, your superb writing made me finish, appreciate and admire your book! I love how you can convey a lot of things without using highfalutin words. You’re simply the best.

  6. Grace. says:

    Dear Adeline,

    I have just finished reading Chinese Cinderella and it has left an imprint on my heart. I can guarantee that this story will stay with me forever and I have deep respect for you. Thank you for writing such a beautifully sad, touching and true story. I think you are very brave and I think you are an amazing role model. Thank you!

    Grace.

  7. Hong Sze-Yi says:

    Hi! As you know I am also a Chinese! I LOVE reading your books. Do you know where I could buy them in Malaysia? I borrowed 2 books from my friends, I loved reading them but unfortunately she wont lend me the books again. So, I would love to search for your books and but them as I love reading them. And one question: In your next book, the yellow colour cover one, is Grandma Wu and the rest in there too? Please answer. Thankz~

  8. rachelle says:

    .hi!.i really liked your book.I’ve been reading it for so many times. I truly understand what you felt when you were still young. Whenever I read it I am encourage to do what is best to believe in myself. I hope I could have your copy of your books especially the Falling Leaves. I’ve been looking at that book in bookstore but unfortunately I couldn’t buy it but still i am saving money to buy it. Like you I also wanted to be a writer. That is why I keep on reading your book to inspire me to believe that I could do everything if I will work hard and put my heart in whatever things that I do.^^

    ~sorry..

    the first one has a simple error..XD

    ~this is my final output.

  9. Rachelle says:

    .hi!.i really liked your book.I’ve been reading it for so many times. I truly understand what you felt when you were still young. Whenever I read it I am encourage to do what is best to believe in myself. I hope I could have your copy of your books especially the Falling Leaves. I’ve been looking at that book in bookstore but unfortunately I could buy it but still i am saving money to buy it. Like you I also wanted to be a writer. That is why I keep on reading your book to inspire me to believe that I could do everything if I will work hard and put my heart in whatever things that I do.^^

  10. Niamh says:

    Hello Adeline! I am 13 and have just read your book. It was the most touching story i’ve ever read. Tears welled up in my eyes every time Niang and Second Brother were cruel to you and you were unbelievably patient with them. I had to keep reminding myself that your story was not fiction and those people were actually like that to you. I can’t understand how anyone could be like that. It makes me appreciate my life now and I must say you are incredibly brave to write that novel and I’m sure you’ve inspired many children just like you. Keep writing, you are amazing!

    Niamh

    X

  11. PEIQIN(: says:

    Hi Adeline,

    your stepmother was really bad & evil .

    I’ve read your stories ,

    its really touching .

    May all your books gets off th shelves fast . 😀

  12. charlotte says:

    Dear Adeline

    I am 13 years old and have recently read your book. I found it one of the saddest books i have ever read and is definitly one of my best reads! The Chinese cinderella is heartwarming and made me cry at least 10 times I would love to meet you some day and thank you so much for writing such a wonderful book!!

    xoxoxoxo charlotte

  13. jenifer says:

    i amm your biggest fan

  14. jenifer says:

    This story is very touching how did u remember all these stuff u must have good memory. is your stepmother still mean to u

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