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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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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 |
I love this book. It's so true to life and deeply meaningful. ( )
  ReneePaule | Jan 23, 2018 |
A little girl wakes up feeling there is nothing to look forward to and walks through her day oblivious to the small glimmer of hope that was always with her until the tree shows her. This book conveys depression and hope in a way children can understand with its illustrations.
  kelseymccaw | Dec 18, 2017 |
Shaun Tan leaned on his own experience of depression to create a hauntingly beautifully picture book to illustrate the powerful emotions he was feeling.
He says "Partly I wanted to create something useful from what can seem to be a useless experience - an abject feeling of hopelessness - but more important, to simply acknowledge its reality, it's strange distortions of perspective and reason, and illuminate something that is often invisible."
As someone who suffers from depression as well, this book expressed things from my soul that I could never describe in words.
It is a must read for anyone with depression, or anyone who loves someone with depression. The ending was inspiring and hopeful.
I HIGHLY recommend it. ( )
  mollypitchermary | Oct 11, 2017 |
This is like no other kids' book I've read. Depressing, yet uplifting. Honest, yet sweet. And beautifully drawn to boot!
High five, Shaun Tan. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
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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.
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sometimes the day begins with nothing to look forward to
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0968876838, Hardcover)

When a child awakens with dark leaves drifting into her bedroom, she feels that "sometimes the day begins with nothing to look forward to, and things go from bad to worse." Feelings too complex for words are rendered into an imaginary landscape where the child wanders, oblivious to the glimmer of promise in the shape of a tiny red leaf. Everything seems hopeless until the child returns to her room and sees the red tree. At that perfect moment of beauty and purity, the child smiles and her world stirs anew.

Shaun Tan's illustrations are remarkable for the way they combine and react upon each other. He creates an otherworldly labyinth of visual ideas joined with the familiar immediacy of the little child, and condenses them into scenes of extraordinary depth and insight. Every child will appreciate the book's life-affirming message but it will be equally successful with all readers. With sensitivity and wonder, the evocative images in The Red Tree open a window to our inexplicable emotions and tell a story about the power of hope, renewal and inspiration.

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Awakening one day to a dark and somber mood, a little girl faces a day where everything goes very badly, and seeks hope amid her sadness.

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