by Peter Sis
In this book, brilliant illustrator Peter Sis shares stories about his father's travels in China and Tibet in the 1950s.
Much of the scraps and keepsakes were kept in a red box, hence the name of this book. To view a Sis book is to experience a hundred 'little discoveries' in one sitting.
usual, Sis's detailed illustrations are spectacular, with a
sophistication that will appeal most to older kids and adults.It's the
small details in
illustrations that make his books magic. However, what
makes Sis's illustrations so wonderful is also the main reason
why this book
would NOT work as a read aloud. Truly, it is a book to be seen up close
not at all. If you are teaching about
the geography or history of Asia, this is a fun addition.
- Caldecott Honor 1999
- School Library Journal Best Children's Book 1999
- New York Times Best Illustrated Book 1999
- American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
Interest Level: Grade 5+ Lexile Measure: 820L Grade Level Equiv: 4.2
Below are three sample illustrations from inside Tibet Through the Red Box. The magic of Peter Sis's books is in the many small details on each page. That doesn't reproduce well in the smaller, computer screen images we are showing here, but in actual size, each page in this book pulls you in to study the small illustrations and read the short snippets of text. This book is an absorbing experience for an individual reader and is probably better suited to that type of reading than to a read aloud.
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You may also want to check out other amazing books by Peter Sis. To learn more, click on the images below or the link above. :)