The Soul Flew South Like a Bird

The Soul Flew South Like a Bird

Author: Cao Wenxuan
Illustrator: Igor Oleynikov

Hardcover, 48 Pages, Age 7+
Citic, 2023

World Rights available.

Handling territories:
World exclude China.


A man and his soul made plans to travel south… The man entered a tavern one day, and the soul awaited him in the treetops; he reveled in the Hot Spring Hotel, and the soul awaited him; he did not hesitate to leave the warm fire, and the soul awaited him outside the house. He helped someone while traveling. In exchange, he received a large sum of money. He lived in large houses, hired servants, and purchased a large number of sheep. But he soon lost everything in the casino. He had forgotten his original agreement with the soul and had grown increasingly obese. Unknown how many springs and autumns have passed, and the soul has grown old…

About the Author

Cao Wenxuan grew up in rural China and is now a professor of Chinese literature and children’s literature. He is the author of several celebrated books for young readers, including the novel Bronze and Sunflower, which received three starred reviews. His fluid, poetic prose depicts honest, sometimes raw, and often melancholy moments of life. He has also received significant recognition for his academic research and teaching in the field of children’s literature, and he was the first Chinese author to win the Hans Christian Andersen Author Award.


繪者:Igor Oleynikov