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  • Author:
    Peter Sis
  • ISBN:
    1865081574
  • ISBN13:
    978-1865081571
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  • Publisher:
    ALLEN & UNWIN (November 30, 1999)
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    32 pages
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Peter Sis' father was a documentary filmmaker who was hired by the Chinese to make a documentary about the building of a bridge in a remote province . 53 people found this helpful.

Peter Sis' father was a documentary filmmaker who was hired by the Chinese to make a documentary about the building of a bridge in a remote province - and instead ended up losing his crew and witnessing the taking of Tibet. Sis does a remarkable job of transmitting to the reader his father's love of Tibet and its mysteries and magic.

The Red Box is now yours," it says. This title has Common Core connections. 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. 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.

He won the Deutscher for Tibet Through the Red Box. He also won the MacArthur Fellowship Award in 2003.

He has also been awarded with the American Library Association's Caldecott Honor for the illustrations of his 1996 book, Starry Messenger, the 1998 book Tibet Through The Red Box, and his 2007 work, The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. He won the Deutscher for Tibet Through the Red Box. Sís has won the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 Berlin International Film Festival for an animated short. He has also won the Grand Prix Toronto and the Cine Golden Eagle Award.

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Tibet Through the Red Box is a children's book written and illustrated by Peter Sís, published by the Farrar, Straus and Giroux imprint Frances Foster Books in 1998. It was adapted into a play by David Henry Hwang in 2004. Two Christmases would pass before he was heard from again: Vladimir Sis was lost in Tibet. 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. Two Christmases would pass before he was heard from again: Vladimir Sis was lost in Tibet

Many critics have called this book one of Sis' most personal because it does describe his relationship with his father, how he viewed his father's adventures as a child.

Many critics have called this book one of Sis' most personal because it does describe his relationship with his father, how he viewed his father's adventures as a child.

Peter Sis gave us all the opportunity to read the pictures first: why the sepia toned photos and the father-shaped . It is never too early to educate children in the ways of the world, and "Tibet - Through the Red Box" does so with beauty and compassion.

Peter Sis gave us all the opportunity to read the pictures first: why the sepia toned photos and the father-shaped holes? Why the mandelas? The maps? . Labeling something as "political" (as if that was automatically a negative) and discarding it for that reason is symptomatic of the thinking that has kept Tibet repressed for so long.

In New York, Peter Sis receives a letter from his father

In New York, Peter Sis receives a letter from his father. The Red Box is now yours," it says. Vladimir Sis was actually drafted by the Chinese government to record the construction of a highway from China into Tibet; he was to be gone more than two years, unable to communicate with his family. During that time, China invaded the neighboring country, and Sis senior witnessed events he dared not describe even after he returned home, except through "magical stories" he related to his son.

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Simple
I have not yet shared this book with my granddaughters. I purchased it to go along with Barbie doll from Tibet. It was not easy to find something on Tibet for children. However, this is not really a children's book.

Sis open's a box which contains his father's diary. His father had left his family for an assignment in China where he was to teach a group of Chinese men how to do filming, as this was his father's expertise. They are to film the building of a road that stretches into the Tibetan Himalayas. But things go wrong and the father and his aide fall into a series of events that are told in the diary.

Some of the entries are vague and surreal. We are left wondering if the father was hallucinating from illness, or has been given medicines that might cause them, or is attributing his experiences to real magical events that rightfully belong in the high Himalayas, either from the thin air effecting the brain, or from association with the monks.

Because adults can look back in retrospect from the murderous invasion of the Chinese into Tibet, the adult reader feels a tension from the diary entries that reveal the Chinese building the road to Tibet that will allow that invasion to take place. All the while the peaceful gentle people of Tibet have no inclination that this is going on.

There is a story within a story here as well. Sis has a serious illness as a child and his memories of his father are effected by that illness, as well as the way in which he handles the fact that his father does not return. No on knows what has happened to the father. The family endures hardships and anxiety on this account.

The artistry by Sis is appropriate to the text, but is not particularly appealing to children. Neither is the story-line. I would not recommend it for children. but it does not have the elements that you would want in a book for adults either. It doesn't really have a plot, nor well drawn characters. It might be called a poetic prose piece. It is informative, realistic, and revealing at the same time that is is magical, sensitive and heart wrenching. In short, it stands alone as a literary type. I did enjoy it.
Mr_Mole
Tibet: Through the Red Box is an entrancing and beautiful book. However, it is one of the new subgenre of "children's books for adults" - it may look like a picture book, but it is *not* suitable for young children.
Tibet is very like Maus: A Survivor's Tale, the award-winning graphic novel that bears only superficial resemblance to a standard graphic novel. In Tibet, as in Maus, a son tells his father's story - and what a story it is. Peter Sis' father was a documentary filmmaker who was hired by the Chinese to make a documentary about the building of a bridge in a remote province - and instead ended up losing his crew and witnessing the taking of Tibet.
Sis does a remarkable job of transmitting to the reader his father's love of Tibet and its mysteries and magic. Using tales his father told him, he creates an image of a dream land, a fantasy land, where weird and wonderful things happen. It's impossible not to love Sis' vision of Tibet - and therefore, impossible not to be sad that the Chinese take it.
I've said that the book is not for children, and I stand by that. However, I do believe that a child who is 6 or older could enjoy this book, provided it was read to him by an adult, and provided that that adult could cushion and explain some of the harder truths, not to mention some of the blending of fantasy and fact.
Peter Sis' father's story is incredible, and the book is marvelous. Any adult who loves books or history would love Tibet: Through the Red Box.
Narder
I loved this story and the magic of it all....it makes one wonder about the magic and possibilities in our own lives that may seem quite humdrum at times...but are all of the coincidences that we encounter really coincidences or is there more meaning than we are open for or looking for in our life experiences....the people that we meet..etc.
Nejind
This is such a cool dreamlike book. I don't know if it's real or surreal, but the stories and pictures are captivating. I have it sitting atop my kids' bookshelf with one other book I don't want them to mess up (Billy's Balloon Ride), and now that my kids are three, I think I need to start reading it to them.
Silly Dog
Having been to Tibet in 2012, this book brought tears to my eyes for its beauty and poignancy. This is the real story - a real, personal story. If you have any interest in Tibet, you will want to read this. And Peter Sis's drawings are exquisite.
Worla
This book is a tresure. Wonderful illustrations, great story. It shows kids Tibet as it was more than 50 years ago.
Froststalker
A superb story with the most engaging illustrative style. Was the greatest part of the adventure the inward journey? As an adventure into unknown worlds in the physical realm, the author also shifts our awareness to the contemplative spaces within simultaneously.
I came upon this book accidentally while working in a public library. It is undoubtedly the best children's book for adults that I have ever read! It is my most favored possession and I read it 3 or 4 times a year and never cease to be inspired by it anew. Visually stunning with a magical story line that will leave you believing in miracles. Buy It!!!