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Tibet: Through the Red Box

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Peter Sis grew up in 1950s Czechoslovakia, and here he presents the incredible, magical story his father told him as a boy. This tale is a lovely labyrinth of folklore and experience, with mesmerizing artwork bringing it to life. Tibet through the Red Box is so much more than a children's picture book; it is beautiful, exceptional, and thought provoking.
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A father's diary, an artist's memoir.

By the author of the best-selling Three Golden Keys.

While my father was in China and Tibet, he kept a diary, which was later locked in a red box. We weren't allowed to touch the box. The stories I heard as a little boy faded to a hazy dream, and my drawings from that time make no sense. I cannot decipher them. It was not until I myself had gone far, far away and received the message from my father that I became interested in the red box again . . .

In New York, Peter Sis receives a letter from his father. "The Red Box is now yours," it says. The brief note worries him and pulls him back to Prague, where the contents of the red box explain the mystery of his father's long absence during the 1950s.

Czechoslovakia was behind the iron curtain; Vladimir Sis, a documentary filmmaker of considerable talent, was drafted into the army and sent to China to teach filmmaking. He left his wife, daughter, and young son, Peter, thinking he would be home for Christmas. Two Christmases would pass before he was heard from again: Vladimir Sis was lost in Tibet. He met with the Dalai Lama; he witnessed China's invasion of Tibet. When he returned to Prague, he dared not talk to his friends about all he had seen and experienced. But over and over again he told Peter about his Tibetan adventures. Weaving their two stories together - that of the father lost in Tibet and that of the small boy in Prague, lost without his father - Sis draws from his father's diary and from his own recollections of his father's incredible tales to reach a spiritual homecoming between father and son. With his sublime pictures, inspired by Tibetan Buddhist art and linking history to memory, Peter Sis gives us an extraordinary book - a work of singular artistry and rare imagination.

Tibet Through the Red Box is a 1999 Caldecott Honor Book and the winner of the 1999 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Special Citation.

About the Author

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, illustrator, and filmmaker. He was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and studied painting and filmmaking at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague, and at the Royal College of Art in London. His most recent book, Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, was the winner of a Caldecott Honor citation, and his illustrations often appear in The New York Times Book Review. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374375522
Author:
Sis, Peter
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Ss, Peter
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Juvenile literature
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - History - General
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
History - Asia
Subject:
Tibet (china)
Subject:
Tibet (China) Description and travel.
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-World History
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Art
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Art/Architecture
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Picture Book Nonfiction
Publication Date:
19981131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
11.28 x 10.98 x 0.44 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Peter Sis grew up in 1950s Czechoslovakia, and here he presents the incredible, magical story his father told him as a boy. This tale is a lovely labyrinth of folklore and experience, with mesmerizing artwork bringing it to life. Tibet through the Red Box is so much more than a children's picture book; it is beautiful, exceptional, and thought provoking.

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