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Song Nan Zhang


Tundra artist 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. After teaching at the Central Institute for several years, he visited Montreal, Canada, and decided to settle there with his wife and two sons to pursue his painting full time. His works on canvas have been regularly exhibited in eastern Canada, notably at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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The Man Who Made Parks
Written by Frieda Wishinsky
Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

Trade Paperback | 32 pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Nonfiction - Biography & Autobiography - Historical; Juvenile Nonfiction - Architecture
978-0-88776-902-3 (0-88776-902-0)

January 13, 2009 | $12.99

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The Man Who Made Parks
Written by Frieda Wishinsky, Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780887769023
Our Price: $12.99
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The story of Olmsted who designed some of North America’s most famous public spaces

When the great cities of North America were being built, little thought was given to the idea of creating “green spaces.” But these oases from the dirt, gravel, and noise of the crowded city streets were exactly what...


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The Day I Became a Canadian
Written by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet
Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

Trade Paperback | 24 pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Nonfiction - People & Places - Canada; Juvenile Nonfiction - History - Canada; Juvenile Nonfiction - Social Situations - New Experience
978-0-88776-892-7 (0-88776-892-X)

September 23, 2008 | $12.99

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The Day I Became a Canadian
Written by Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet, Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780887768927
Our Price: $12.99
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On a snowy morning, little Xiao Ling Li and her parents are about to take part in a ceremony — one that will make them Canadian citizens. To record the day for her new brother or sister, she decides to keep a scrapbook to treasure the day.

The Day I Became...


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Awakening the Dragon
Written by Arlene Chan
Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

Trade Paperback | 24 pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Nonfiction - Holidays & Festivals; Juvenile Fiction - Holidays & Festivals
978-0-88776-805-7 (0-88776-805-9)

April 10, 2007 | $12.99

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Awakening the Dragon
Written by Arlene Chan, Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780887768057
Our Price: $12.99
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In ancient times, the Chinese saw the dragon as both a protector and a threat, able to bring on rain or cause droughts. To honor this powerful creature, people created long narrow boats that they raced in an annual rainmaking festival.

From the wearing of fragrant pouches, to the consumption of rice...


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A Time of Golden Dragons
Written by Song Nan Zhang and Hao Yu Zhang
Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

Trade Paperback | 24 pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Fiction - Historical - Asia; Juvenile Fiction - Legends, Myths, Fables - Other
978-0-88776-791-3 (0-88776-791-5)

November 14, 2006 | $14.99

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A Time of Golden Dragons
Written by Song Nan Zhang and Hao Yu Zhang, Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780887767913
Our Price: $14.99
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Through the ages, the dragon has been an important symbol for the Chinese. A time of Golden Dragons is the most auspicious possible. In fascinating text and beautiful paintings, Song Nan and Hao Yu Zhang trace the dragon’s history. Perhaps inspired by giant crocodiles, the image of the dragon affects every...


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Emma's Story
Written by Deborah Hodge
Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

Hardcover | 24 pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Fiction - Family - Adoption; Juvenile Fiction - Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
978-0-88776-632-9 (0-88776-632-3)

October 21, 2003 | $22.99

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Emma's Story
Written by Deborah Hodge, Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang

Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780887766329
Our Price: $22.99
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When Emma sets out to make a cookie family with her Grandma, the happy afternoon suddenly turns sad. The cookies are meant to look like her family, but hers is the only one with licorice hair and eyes. She doesn’t look like the others; does that mean she doesn’t belong?

In gentle...


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The Children of China
Written by Song Nan Zhang

Trade Paperback | 32 pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Nonfiction - Family - Multigenerational; Juvenile Nonfiction - Ethnic - Asian American; Juvenile Nonfiction - Biography & Autobiography - Art
978-0-88776-448-6 (0-88776-448-7)

April 25, 1998 | $11.99

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The Children of China
Written by Song Nan Zhang

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780887764486
Our Price: $11.99
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Before coming to Canada, while he was still an art teacher in Beijing, Song Nan Zhang traveled from Inner Mongolia east, south, and north to find and paint unusual scenes of Chinese family life.

Here are the children who grow up in the saddle with their nomadic parents or become as agile...

Also available as a hardcover.

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The Children of China
Written by Song Nan Zhang

Hardcover | 32 pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Nonfiction - Family - Multigenerational; Juvenile Nonfiction - Ethnic - Asian American; Juvenile Nonfiction - Biography & Autobiography - Art
978-0-88776-363-2 (0-88776-363-4)

October 6, 1995 | $19.99

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The Children of China
Written by Song Nan Zhang

Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780887763632
Our Price: $19.99
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Before coming to Canada, while he was still an art teacher in Beijing, Song Nan Zhang traveled from Inner Mongolia east, south, and north to find and paint unusual scenes of Chinese family life.

Here are the children who grow up in the saddle with their nomadic parents or become as agile...

Also available as a trade paperback.