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Tibet: Through the Red Box By Peter Sís,

  • Title: Tibet: Through the Red Box
  • Author: Peter Sís
  • ISBN: 9780374375522
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 myselfA 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 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.
    Tibet Through the Red Box 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

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    1. this is an absolutely amazing book i thoughtThe Wall couldn t be topped, but this i suppose i m a bit biased, having been to tibet myself, and reading it now, when china has the olympics and tibetan monks are dying but really, i don t see how you can t love this book both for the story of a boy learning about his father and his father lost in tibet and the illustrations, which are truly stunning there are stories within stories here, and i desperately wanted to be able to read sis father s compl [...]

    2. This is a really unique book I would consider it a book for older children or even adults It s a strangely magical book that just sucks you into it I envy Peter Sis for his red box and his unique father who really saw Tibet It is funny the difference in perspective between the father and the people building the road One person saw a wonderful land and group of people and the other saw danger and barbarians Really a unique thing.

    3. Peter S s has some very odd stories and this one is likely the strangest of them all Oddly enough, it s a true story, a kind of homage to his father s travels The narrative is entertaining, but somewhat tough to follow, especially with his characteristic placement of the text in odd shapes and designs And the overall message of the story seems somewhat dark and confusing Still, the illustrations are wonderful and the story is enlightening, with the historical context of the conflict in Tibet We [...]

    4. Peter Sis is a gifted artist and a unique storyteller This is a mystical story that provides a journey that will inspire the imagination, and it is relevant as geography and history for young readers.

    5. As I prepare for my trip to Tibet I found a lot of books on culture Didn t realize this book was a children s book, I think it s a book for adults, or anyone As I read it, I thought, how could this be true Then I realized it was imagination What a magical book As the review in the book jacket says In this very personal book, Peter Sis has given us a kaleidoscope fusion of truth, dreams, and memory It is an unforgettable work of rare imagination.Loved this book and the vivid hues of the illustrat [...]

    6. Red Box is a most personal book Sis is writing about his father s trip to Tibet when Peter was a young child Within a red lacquered box, which sits upon his father s desk, Sis discovers a diary of thin, old pages, filled with words, passages, and stories that would strain credibility He finds the many bedtime stories his father had told him again and again here, as a serious and first time telling of real events.Sis father was a documentary filmmaker, in now communist Czechoslovakia, and shortly [...]

    7. I just cannot understand how Peter Sis keeps getting Caldecotts I don t like his illustrations, they aren t extraordinarily amazing or fantastic Sometimes I even find them crude or grotesque And his stories I don t get his stories I am most often confused, wondering why he can t just stop trying to be intellectually superior and just write the story He brings in elements and then takes them out again, only to bring them back in at the end, like you are supposed to be impressed with his clevernes [...]

    8. The Red Box belong to Peter Sis s dad it contains his father s diary of a peculiar, life changing journey A Czechoslovakian filmmaker during the Cold War, Sis s dad is tasked by the communist government with helping make a documentary film about a huge Chinese construction project a great road that will cut through the mountains into the heart of Tibet He leaves his family, travels to China and begins work, only to have part of the mountain being worked on collapse, leaving Sis and some of his f [...]

    9. This is an exquisite book I suppose it is technichally a children s book , but to me it transcends age Through the lense of a young child Peter Sis tells the story of his father s trek through Tibet and the Himalayas as a documentary film maker a position imposed upon him by the communist government of Czechoslovakia The purpose of the trek was the filming of the first highway into Tibet as the Chinese began their intrusion of the country Through Peter Sis mystically beautiful artwork and charmi [...]

    10. Text 3 starsArt 5 starsHard to know what is real and what is fantasy or a dream the text fuses these together, leaving me confused Also, the story arc feels incomplete They reach the Dalai Lama, but what happens when they tell him about the encroaching road Do they ever reconnect with the road crew Did the road crew even survive the crumbling mountain How does the author s father get home to Prague I m still not clear why the author s father was away so long, or even how long he was away there i [...]

    11. Despite the fact that this was a Caldecott Honor Book it is not really a children s book The pages are crammed and I mean crammed full of tiny details Even after pouring over this book for an hour you won t find all of the bits Brilliantly illustrated with recreations of his father s journal pages, maps, and different colored medallion pages that precede the three folklore stories I was indignant that it hadn t won until I read Snowflake Bentley that year s winner and was slightly appeased I thi [...]

    12. Like no picture book I ve ever read before, this is incredibly complex It seems to be part dream, part memory, and part memoir It isn t really an appropriate picture book for a large group setting such as a read aloud in a classroom or library storytime It has very detailed pictures which need to be studied closely In fact, I m not sure how many children would actually be interested in reading this It s of a picture book for adults Some of the illustrations are gorgeous with their color and int [...]

    13. My college girlfriend had thing for Tibet What college girlfriend worth her weight in salt doesn t Wandering through a Borders one boring, Pennsylvania night we stumbled into the children s section and she found this book I ve never liked children s book, a fact I chalk up to being considerably younger than my siblings At any rate, when I saw Sis s book, I thought where was this when I was little I d have love it It s remarkably complex, both in its illustrations and text It s a book with teeth [...]

    14. I ve been devouring everything I can find by Peter Sis since I read his wonderful The Wall Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain and this one blows me away as well It gave me delicious goose bumps The art complements the story beautifully Since I just finished making some Czech Easter eggs, I m really enjoying the symmetry of his drawings This book is a Caldecott Honor winner but I think a lot of adults are missing out.

    15. 1999 Caldecott Honor Book I love Peter Sis illustrations they re exquisite He writes about incredibly interesting events, but something about his writing always makes me feel lost His writing is flowery, and I wish it was direct and simple Tibet is the true story of his father, a filmmaker, who went to Tibet to make a movie and got lost there during a snowstorm for over a year in the 1950s This is fascinating by itself, but the story gets so complex, that I m not even sure if everything was tru [...]

    16. Tibet through the red box is a book that is part mythology, part travelogue, and part memoir The story is told via a journal that tell of travels through a land untouched by the modern world where yetis still roam and folk tales live alongside reality It is what I imagine a children s book written by Nick Bantock would be I would definitely recommend it.

    17. A boy retells his father s adventures traveling from Czechoslovakia to Tibet where he is to teach Chinese soldiers how to film movies The father gets lost and he shares the mysteries of his experience to his son, the author Peter Sis, as best he can.

    18. This book covers all facts Tibet including many maps and lots of facts of Tibet s history This would be a good resource when doing projects on different countries.

    19. Such richness A unique lens into Tibet What stood out to me the pages about a single color, the Yeti creation tale, the jingle bell boy story, the imagery.

    20. The Caldecott winning picture book made me think instinctively that it had something to do with ancient history by its book covering As I read the book I seen how a traveler can enlighten another individual about how things are different for another culture I think that the book did very good at picture illustrating the concepts the story teller was telling per culture setting The book made me think of Greek mythology as I read due to me knowing educational about the history of ancient Greece an [...]

    21. I loved The Wall , and Starry Messenger Therefore I was excited to see another one of Sis s books on the Caldecott list, this time as a 1999 Caldecott Honor winner Every time I read one of his books, the illustrations just blow me away They are so detailed you could literally spend hours just looking at them This book is no exception In this book, we get a glimpse into the author illustrator s childhood Sis s father gets hired by the Chinese government to teach documentary filmmaking to the Chin [...]

    22. Tibet Through the Red Box is one of the best illustrated books I ve ever read Much than a children s book, this tale tells the intimate story of a young Czech man sharing excerpts from his father s diary The father was invited by the Chinese to film the construction of a highway in the highest, most remote mountain ranges in the world, and while filming this project, was separated from his group What happens next is the stuff of magic and legends yet all purportedly true A letter from home was [...]

    23. This book offers up a lot to grapple with at content, visual, dreamlike and conceptual levels It is beautiful and complex, centered on a diary kept by Sis s father during his extended and enforced time as a documentary filmmaker in Tibet when the Chinese were building a road to Tibet The diary was later stored in a red box from which the book gets its title Sis stretches his use of text to combine typeface for the narrative with handwritten journal entries, small text in the left and right margi [...]

    24. Years after he has grown up and left home, the author is summoned to his father s home and allowed access to a red box containing his notes and sketches about the period during which he was in Tibet Although I won t pretend to understand every reference or story told here, I certainly was moved by many of the stories and could easily see how impactful the man s sojourn in Tibet must have been Not only did he learn first hand about a lifestyle, culture, and belief system different from his own, b [...]

    25. 1 Graphic Novel 2 Tibet Through the Red Box is a story about a a boy who finds a red box with his father s dairy in it To his surprise this dairy unlocks tales and adventures of his fathers journey as he was lost for 2 years in Tibet 3 critique a list the area for comment e.g accuracy This was a very interesting book The novel takes the reader into a world of adventure , mystery ,magic , and intrigue Each chapter unfolds as the mystery of his father s travels go on b The book was a good read but [...]

    26. Published 1998, Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR Age YAPeter Sis was born Czechoslovakian and this is a book about his father s experiences in Tibet He was sent there in the 1950 s to film a documentary of the building of a road from China to Tibet in the Himalayas He was there for a very long time and away from his family He kept a diary of all the things he had seen He kept it locked in a red box Peter gets hurt and his father tells him magical stories of his experiences in Tibet while he recover [...]

    27. A wonderful journey through Tibet told through a father s diary entries by the boy who thought his father was lost for over a year The father was sent from Czechoslovakia to China in the 1950s ostensibly to train filmmakers but really to make propaganda films showing China s entry into Tibet When a natural disaster happens, the father is separated from the crew journeys through Tibet to warn the Dalai Lama of this danger Tibet uses color themes to convey meaning to the story The illustrations a [...]

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