Sudan’s Rhino Horn

Author: Dai Yunillustrator: Li Xingming

Handling territories: world exclude China.
All rights available.

Foreign rights sold: Complex Chinese (world)

English translation available.

Details
Publishing language: Simplified Chinese
Pages: 56
Format: Hardcover, 250x250mm
Ages: 4+

內容簡介:
2018年3月19日,蘇丹去世了,此前他是世界上最後一頭雄性北白犀。蘇丹的經歷非常奇特,在七十年代一次遷移非洲瀕危動物的行動中,3歲的蘇丹在蘇丹共和國境內被捕獲並送往捷克的Dvůr Králové動物園,在那裡度過了三十多年的歲月。
2009年北白犀在野外絕種。2010年,為了提高北白犀自然繁衍的機會,人們把已經38歲的蘇丹和另外三隻北白犀一起送回了非洲,居住在肯亞的Ol Pejeta自然保護區,蘇丹得以在暮年回歸故鄉。他們都已經喪失了繁衍後代的能力,也就是說我們人類即將親眼目睹這一物種的滅絕。

本書以蘇丹的真實經歷和童話的筆法回顧了他的一生。故事中有三次斷角:第一次是蘇丹在童年目睹了媽媽被偷獵者斷角、屠戮的過程;第二次是蘇丹在捷克動物園,不小心在木柵欄上撞斷犀角,犀角重新長出來,但是因為不需要挖草根、不需要戰鬥,犀角慢慢老化成一個圈;第三次是蘇丹回到非洲,自然保護區的人為了防止偷獵者殺害蘇丹而先行鋸掉了蘇丹的犀角。
犀角具有很強的象徵意味:每一隻犀牛都是自己領地裡的國王,而犀角就是他們的王冠。而蘇丹最大的悲傷,就是象徵他身份和驕傲的犀角,不能和他的身體完整地共存。

作者簡介
戴芸 :生於浙江,長於南京,本科畢業于南京大學外國語學院,碩士畢業於澳大利亞新南威爾士大學。兒童繪本作者、譯者、推廣人。代表作《溜達雞》獲得“小金獅杯”原創圖畫書2018年度排行榜TOP5。

李星明:生於廣東,畢業於中央美術學院繪本創作工作室,曾獲中央美術學院畢業設計一等獎、天鶴獎國際創新設計大賽金獎。現任中央美術學院講師。代表作《水獺先生的新鄰居》獲得“小金獅杯”原創圖畫書2018年度排行榜TOP7。

來自國內外環保組織、藝術家的傾情推薦:
這是一則精美而真實的寓言,插圖畫得克制和浪漫,令人賞心悅目。主題涉及了我們這個時代最重要的問題之一,即人們對那些瀕臨滅絕的生物所應給予的尊重。我最喜歡這本書的地方在於它表現了這個主題的真實性,而不是過多地虛構蘇丹的故事,或試圖使其樂觀或有強烈的道德色彩,只是或多或少地滲透出來。
——奧斯卡動畫短片獎獲得者、澳大利亞華裔繪本大師陳志勇

這是一個來自非洲浩瀚草原的故事,通過優美的文字與圖畫,讓我們和孩子有機會再次思考人與動物、人與世界的關係。
——“自然之友”總幹事張伯駒

Sudan’s Rhino Horn is based on the true story of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, who passed away in March 2018 at the age of 45. Revolving around Sudan’s horn, the symbol of a rhino’s existence, the story reflects the complex relationship between human beings and wildlife.
Based on the true story of Sudan with fairy tale style, we look back the life of Sudan. There are three times of cutting off the rhino’s horn in the story: the first time was Sudan’s mother; the second time was in the zoo in Czech; the third time was in Africa:  his horn was cut off in order to protect his life. 
The rhino’s horn has a strong symbolic meaning: the horn is a rhino’s crown and strongest weapon to protect life and territories. But the saddest thing of Sudan is, it will kill his life although the horn is his proud and a symbol for his identity. His corn could not co-exist with his living body.

This book has been proofread by Zhang Jinshuo, senior engineer of the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, science planning director of the National Zoological Museum, and director of the Chinese Science Writers Association.

The creators went to Kenya to shoot and interview. The book contains precious images of Sudan, which could be viewed by scanning the QR code on the copyright page.

About the authors

Dai Yun: author, translator, and promoter of children’s books. Born in Zhejiang, grow up in Nanjing.
Graduated from School of Foreign Languages, Nanjing University with a Bachelor’s degree, and University of New South Wales, Australia with a Master’s degree.
Li Xingming: born in Guangdong, graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts Picture Book Creation Studio. He has won the first prize of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts Graduation Design Award and the Gold Award of the Tianhe Award International Innovation Design Competition. He is currently a lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

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Published by Kris Guo

I am a foreign rights agent for books on art, design, and children's picture books.

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