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The Red Tree

The Red Tree

A small child awakes to find blackened leaves falling from her threatening to quietly overwhelm her. As she wanders around a world that is complex and alienating, she is overtaken by a myriad of feelings. Just as it seems all hope is lost, she finds a red seedling has filled the ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780734401724
Barcode 9780734401724
Published 15 October 2001 by Hachette
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
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Author(s) Illustrated by Tan, Shaun
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ISBN-13 9780734401724
ISBN-10 0734401728
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hachette
Imprint Lothian Children's Books
Publication Date 15 October 2001
International Publication Date 1 October 2001
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) Illustrated by Tan, Shaun
Category Award Winning
General Picture Books
Sophisticated Picture Books
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 48
Dimensions Width: 242mm
Height: 316mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 460g
Interest Age 4-8 years
Reading Age 4-8 years
Library of Congress Depression, Mental
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

A small child awakes to find blackened leaves falling from her bedroom ceiling, threatening to quietly overwhelm her. 'Sometimes you wake up with nothing to look forward to...' As she wanders around a world that is complex, puzzling and alienating, she is overtaken by a myriad of feelings. Just as it seems all hope is lost, the girl returns to her bedroom to find that a tiny red seedling has grown to fill the room with warm light. Astonishing Perth artist, Shaun Tan's latest creation, The Red Tree, is a book about feelings - feelings that can not always be simply expressed in words. It is a series of imaginary landscapes conjured up by the wizardry of Shaun Tan's masterful and miraculous art. As a kind of fable, The Red Tree seeks to remind us that just as bad feelings are inevitable, they are always tempered by hope.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of NSW Premier's Literary Award Patricia Wrightson Prize 2002 -- Short-listed for APA Design Awards: Scholastic Best Designed Children's Book 2002 -- Short-listed for Western Australian Premier's Book Awards: Children's Books 2001
US Review Tan, who won the Best Artist Award at the World Fantasy Convention in 2001, creates an unusual work for the very young that illuminates a dark side too often ignored or unacknowledged in children. A little red-haired girl wakens in her room one morning, sometimes the day begins / with nothing to look forward to / and things go from bad to worse Dry leaves that look like spiders are falling in her room, and in the gloomy outside, a huge fish looms over her head. There's a whole page of sometimes you wait as we see her counting aimlessly on a surface that becomes a snail's shell. As she wonders, and wanders, the world is very big and complicated. She returns to her room at the end of the day, and the small red leaf framed above her bed sprouts so that on the floor of her room, a red tree appears. Her idea? Her self? Her dreams? Who knows? And it doesn't matter. The images are obsessively detailed and full of surreal juxtapositions, and the child, who appears in a tiny boat, trapped in a bottle, and in various Bosch-inspired landscapes, lifts her head and smiles only on the last page, when she sees that flame-colored tree. An imaginative, sad, and ultimately uplifting tale of very few words and extraordinary images. (Picture book. 5-9) (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Shaun Tan has an outstanding reputation for his illustrative work. He won the Spectrum Gold Award for Book Illustration 2000 and also the Crichton Award (The Viewer) in 1995. The Rabbits, written by John Marsden, was named CBCA Book of the Year and received the Aurealis Governor's Award in 1999; and Memorial, written by Gary Crew, was a CBCA Honour Book and also won an APA Design Award in 2000. He wrote and illustrated The Lost Thing, published in 2000. He has been a leading science-fiction illustrator in Australia for several years; with recognition including the illustrators of the Future Award 1991 and the Australian National Science Fiction Best Artist Award 1995, 1996. The Red Tree is his fifth picture book.

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