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The Red Tree by Shaun Tan
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The Red Tree (2001)

by Shaun Tan

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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.… (more)

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Amazing book about depression. Excellent read. ( )
  brakketh | May 8, 2020 |
Impossible no mirar i remirar les pàgines una vegada i una altra , trobant detalls als dibuixos.
I impossible no deixar anar un somriure quan arribes a l'última il.lustració.

Els que coneixeu Shaun Tan ja sabeu de què parlo :-) ( )
  acornet | Mar 22, 2020 |
This story is very symbolic and honest. A young girl who is struggling with mental health is followed by a red leaf when she feels alone. On every page, the leaf is hidden somewhere. At the end of the story, the leaf blooms into a tree. It is an uplifting story about how feelings don't last and everything gets better. ( )
  aferrara | Feb 21, 2019 |
This book is dark. It is not until the very end that a tiny bit of hope and brightness shines through, in the form of a read tree against all of the other dark imagery. Descriptive story explaining what sadness or depression might look like. Beautiful illustrations!!! Use for teaching visualizing. How do you feel when you read this book? When you think dark, what emotion do you think of? How you could explain or draw other emotions, like happy, sad, or excited? What colors do you think of? What kinds of things do you think of? What about the red tree, how does that make you feel? When you close your eyes what do you see when I read this? Could be a great resource in a classroom when dealing with depression. Sometimes you feel sad, but does it last forever?
  missalyssanoelle | Jun 7, 2018 |
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Att läsa Shaun Tan är ett visuellt äventyr. Men det är mer än så. För Tan är även en oförskämt bra berättare.
added by Jannes | editDagens Nyheter, Mats Kempe (May 30, 2011)
 

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