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The Red Tree

Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 1, For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 5 years, Interest age: from c 7 years, Fiction, Picture books, Picture storybooks, General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

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, though some bad feelings are inevitable, they are always tempered by hope.

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Cicada Trailer | Shaun Tan

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Shaun Tan on the mystery of CICADA

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Shaun Tan Interview; an insight into a sort of madness and nonsense

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Shaun's Journey as an Illustrator - Shaun Tan Interview

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The Hand of the Maker Revealed - Shaun Tan interview

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The Arrival

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Cicada Trailer | Shaun Tan

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Shaun Tan on the mystery of CICADA

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Shaun Tan Interview; an insight into a sort of madness and nonsense

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The Hand of the Maker Revealed - Shaun Tan interview

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The Arrival

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Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and graduated from the University of Western Australia with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature. He began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. His works include The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival. All have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and are enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer and a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E and in 2011, he shared an Academy Award for his work on the animated short film based on his book, The Lost Thing. In that same year, he won the Dromkeen Medal for services to children's literature and the Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award.

For more information visit shauntan.net

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