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Là où vont nos pères by Shaun Tan

Là où vont nos pères (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Shaun Tan (Author)

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Title:Là où vont nos pères
Authors:Shaun Tan (Author)
Info:Dargaud (2007), Album, 120 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:bande dessinée, immigration, étranger

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The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

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Audience: 3-7th grade
The Arrival is a graphic novel about immigration and assimilation. It is a wonderful book that is a treasure to be shared with kids.The story of immigrants is told through a series of stunning graphics that captures in detail the experiences they go through and the emotional impact of encountering completely new things in a strange land. It is interesting to note that the man, who is the protagonist, finds it much, much more confusing, difficult and emotionally draining to adapt to this completely different environment, than his daughter who is actually excited, happy and awed by all the different things that she sees, because she was much younger than him when she immigrated. The book also depicts the reason the people immigrated from their native lands, which is usually war, unfavorable circumstances or persecution, which might be true in most cases but not all. Sometimes people immigrate to pursue dreams of ambition, lifestyle and career advancements, even if circumstances are not too bad. In any case, the mental, physical and emotional process of immigration and assimilation still remains the same, as depicted in this book. I will share this book with 4-7th graders, so that they are able to envision the struggles of immigrants. I loved the way the author portrayed all the small changes the new land had, from the pets and birds to their mode of travel and communication. I also liked the way the old man tells us about the history of the land, which is ruined by war. ( )
  ShantiR | Mar 20, 2014 |
Fantasy and history blend naturally in this surreal tale told entirely through rich, mesmerizing illustrations. The scrapbook style grounds the immigrant experience context, but allows for the personal incorporations of aliens and imaginary encounters. The plot moves smoothly and silently addressing unique culture aspects while creating new creatures. A fantastic addition to the graphic novel collection. ( )
  LibbyHopfauf | Mar 18, 2014 |
A wordless picture book worth a thousand words ( )
  ReadingMentors | Mar 14, 2014 |
From School Library Journal-
"Starred Review. Grade 7 Up—Tan captures the displacement and awe with which immigrants respond to their new surroundings in this wordless graphic novel. It depicts the journey of one man, threatened by dark shapes that cast shadows on his family's life, to a new country. The only writing is in an invented alphabet, which creates the sensation immigrants must feel when they encounter a strange new language and way of life. A wide variety of ethnicities is represented in Tan's hyper-realistic style, and the sense of warmth and caring for others, regardless of race, age, or background, is present on nearly every page. Young readers will be fascinated by the strange new world the artist creates, complete with floating elevators and unusual creatures, but may not realize the depth of meaning or understand what the man's journey symbolizes. More sophisticated readers, however, will grasp the sense of strangeness and find themselves participating in the man's experiences. They will linger over the details in the beautiful sepia pictures and will likely pick up the book to pore over it again and again.—Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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Lessons/discussions- http://www.yourlibrary.ws/ya_webpage/ritba/ritba09/arrival.htm ( )
  cdelonis | Dec 10, 2013 |
this Graphic Novel was a bit confusing. but the illustrations were outstanding! ( )
  cansara | Dec 10, 2013 |
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Teos on todellakin yhtä kaunis ja yhtä upeaa kuvakerrontaa kuin muistinkin. Sanoja ei tarvita, eikä niillä ole tässä tarinassakaan mitään sijaa. The Arrival kertoo aivan uskomattoman kouriintuntuvasti maahanmuutosta ja vieraan kulttuurin piirissä elämään oppimisesta.
"...Auf beeindruckende Weise gelingt es ihm, literarische Techniken wie Vor- und Rückblenden, Zeitdehnung und Zeitraffung sowie innere Monologe visuell umzusetzen. Wie seine Hauptfigur im neuen Land wird auch der Betrachter des Buches „gezwungen“, neu sehen zu lernen."
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A fabulous introduction to graphic novels for younger readers. The Arrival wordless spins the universal tale of a man leaving his country to build a better life in an unfamiliar, and sometimes confusing and scary, land.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439895294, Hardcover)

A truly remarkable work of art that is already one of the most talked-about book of the season.

"A shockingly imaginative graphic novel that captures the sense of adventure and wonder that surrounds a new arrival on the shores of a shining new city. Wordless, but with perfect narrative flow, Tan gives us a story filled with cityscapes worthy of Winsor McCay." -- Jeff Smith, author of Bone
"A magical river of strangers and their stories!" -- Craig Thompson, author of Blankets
"Magnificent." -- David Small, Caldecott Medalist

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In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.

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