Tibet: Through the Red Box.

Tibet Through the Red Box As a child in s Czechoslovakia Caldecott Honor winning artist Peter S s would listen to mysterious tales of Tibet the roof of the world The narrator oddly enough was his father a documentary f

  • Title: Tibet: Through the Red Box.
  • Author: Peter Sís
  • ISBN: 9781865081571
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As a child in 1950s Czechoslovakia, Caldecott Honor winning artist Peter S s would listen to mysterious tales of Tibet, the roof of the world The narrator, oddly enough, was his father a documentary filmmaker who had been separated from his crew, caught in a blizzard, and according to him, anyway nursed back to health by gentle Yetis Young S s learned of a beautifulAs a child in 1950s Czechoslovakia, Caldecott Honor winning artist Peter S s would listen to mysterious tales of Tibet, the roof of the world The narrator, oddly enough, was his father a documentary filmmaker who had been separated from his crew, caught in a blizzard, and according to him, anyway nursed back to health by gentle Yetis Young S s learned of a beautiful land of miracles and monks beset by a hostile China of the 14th Dalai Lama, a Boy God King and of a magic palace with a thousand rooms a room for every emotion and heart s desire Hearing these accounts some extravagant but all moving helped the boy recover from an accident The stories also allowed S s s father to relate an odyssey other adults didn t seem to want to know about in cold war Czechoslovakia He told me, over and over again, his magical stories of Tibet, for that is where he had been And I believed everything he said, S s recalls Still, after some time he too seemed to become immune, and the stories faded to a hazy dream With Tibet Through the Red Box S s finally pays tribute to this fantastical experience, illustrating key pages from his father s diary with complex, color rich images of mazes, mountains, and mandalas He also produces pictures of his family at home simple, monochromatic images that are just as haunting as their Himalayan counterparts In one, a wistful mother and two children gather around a Christmas tree, the absent father appearing as a featureless silhouette Tibet is a treasure for the eyes and heart Some will ask Is it for children or adults Others will wonder Is it a work of art or a storybook One of the many things that this book makes us realize is that such classifications are entirely and happily unnecessary Kerry Fried

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    About “Peter Sís

    • Peter Sís

      PETER S S is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, filmmaker, painter and author Born in 1949 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and grew up in Prague He studied painting and filmmaking at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London His animated work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art He came to America in 1982, and now lives in New York s Hudson Valley with his family Peter S s is the first children s book artist to be named a MacArthur Fellow In 2012 he won The Hans Christian Andersen Award.His many distinguished books include Starry Messenger Galileo Galilei, Tibet Through the Red Box, Madlenka, Rainbow Rhino, The Tree of Life Charles Darwin, The Wall Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, and The Conference of the Birds.

    957 thoughts on “Tibet: Through the Red Box.

    • 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' fathe [...]

    • 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.

    • Peter Sís 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 Tibe [...]

    • 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.

    • 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 ill [...]

    • 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 Czechoslovaki [...]

    • 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 cle [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 awa [...]

    • 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 appeas [...]

    • 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 more of a picture book for adults. Some of the illustrations are gorgeous with their col [...]

    • 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 wi [...]

    • 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.

    • • 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 more 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 i [...]

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • Tibet Through the Red Box is one of the best illustrated books I've ever read. Much more 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 h [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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, [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 Tibe [...]

    • 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 more meaning to the story. The i [...]

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