A Kiss to My Mum is a novel that delves into the growth of a child from a single-parent family. The hero is a ten-year-old boy called Zhao Andi. He is Zhao Andi to his teacher, My Dear An to his father and Didi to his mother. At his father’s funeral, for the first time he sees his mother Shu Yimei, so beautiful as if she stepped down from a photo. At this gloomy moment Didi was pushed to an arduous cliff, on the other side of which is his mother Shu Yimei, blowing the scent of orange. The novel develops around the gradual emotional thaw of the boy and his mother. At first they cannot get along with and are watchful of each other. But distance gradually gives way to proximity and then to mutual understanding and harmony between the two on their way to the future.
This is a story of a boy and his parents, singing high praise for children. It is also about our life, our minds and love. All the characters in the novel are very much realistic, including the boy of slight autism and the mother of slight depression. The atmosphere of modern life in the novel is achieved through the depiction of other characters such as the hero’s classmate and good friend Zhang Xiaochen, his sister Ke’er, his uncle Baolin and his English teacher Li Qinsong, a man of dubious identity, thus adding to the enjoyment of the book.
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Huang Beijia was born in June 1955 in Rugao County, Jiangsu Province. In 1977 she entered Beijing University to study Chinese. She is now a writer of Jiangsu Writers Association. Her publication has mounted to over 4 million Chinese characters, among which half a million are for children. Her novels for children are Boat, Small Boat, A Song for Mother, When Reed Catkins Are Flying, A Sea Far Away. Two children’s TV films were adapted from her novels and won international awards. Some of her novels and stories have been translated into french ,Japanese , Russian and Korean. She has won several excellent children’s literature awards in Jiangsu and Shanghai. Her novel I’ll Be a Good Girl won a “Five ‘One’ Project Award” issued by the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.