A Song for Ba by Paul Yee

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In the Chinese opera, men traditionally sing both male and female parts. Wei Lim's father, Ba, however, usually plays masculine characters and sings in a deep bass voice. But Wei's grandfather played female roles, and has secretly taught Wei to sing these difficult parts. When the New World's entertainments begin to cause a shrinking audience for the opera company, and Ba is forced to play female characters, which can help him learn to sing in such high tones? Color illustrations help bring Wei's tale, and this ancient art form, to life.
 

About Paul Yee

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PAUL YEE is a writer and archivist who grew up around Vancouver's Chinatown and is now living in Toronto. He has written many stories and has won the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, the IODE Book Award and the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Prize. In 2012, he won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature for over 30 years documenting the Chinese Canadian experience from its early days to the present. www.paulyee.ca Jan Peng Wang lives in Toronto.
 
Published April 13, 2004 by Groundwood Books. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Ba returns, he has to learn women’s parts as the beleaguered troupe needs more versatility, and it is Wei who teaches him, based on grandfather’s instruction.

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