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YongSheng Xuan

YongSheng is the artist of four Immedium books:
- The Story of Chopsticks
- The Story of Noodles
- The Story of Kites
- The Story of Paper

YongSheng has been widely praised for his artistic ability to bridge cultural gaps with a unique and compelling style.

Xuan was born in Shanghai, China in 1952. As a teenager, he studies under famed Chinese sculptor Zhang Cheren. Xuan later worked as an art designer and professional artist, and eventually took advanced fine arts and crafts classes at the Central Arts and Crafts University in Beijing, considered one of the highest art institutes in China.

In 1981 YongSheng began contributing artwork to a variety of publications and magazines in China, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. Since that time his illustrations, paintings, and paper cuts have appeared in Beijing People's Arts Publishing House, Sinorame Magazine, and other periodicals. YongSheng and his family immigrated to Canada in 1990. Throughout the 1990's he continued to contribute to Cricket, a North American children's magazine.

See more at his website www.ysxuan.com.

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Bri "Like the hues in a stained glass window, [the colors of The Story of Chopsticks] look brilliant...this well-designed book will please children in the primary grades..."
- American Library Association Booklist

"[In The Story of Noodles] Xuan's lively, paper-cut illustrations, bordered by heavily textured cream paper, reveal interesting details of Chinese life. Heavy, stylized black outlines give them the appearance of stained glass and make them suitable for group sharing."
- School Library Journal

"Traditional papercuts with strong black lines and vividly colored insets are perfectly suited to the kite images...With its folkloric tone, this provides a sense of fun to a China unit or stands on its own as a story about creativity."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Cut-paper illustrations are a fitting accompaniment to this amusing account of the discovery of papermaking. With bold black outlines and vivid coloration against a white, marbled background, the artwork captures the action as the boys exercise their ingenuity."
- School Library Journal


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