Arrival, The by Shaun Tan (group set, 7 books, paperback edition)

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What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.

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  • Free discussion notes available on this website. 
  • Wordless picture book presented in ‘chapters’/ episodes
  • Possible for different groups to follow different stories
  • Ideal for fluent, confident readers who would benefit from close attention to detail
  • Wordless format also students of differing word reading abilities to participate and learn from each other
  • Themes: outsiders, migration, identity, displacement
  • 128 pages

 

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Shaun Tan interviewed by Nikki Gamble

Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of 'The Lost Thing' and 'The Red Tree', both of which have won international awards such as the Honourable Mention in the BolognaRagazzi Prize, were CBCA Honour Books and have been widely translated. Previous books Shaun has illustrated include 'The Rabbits' by John Marsden (CBCA Picture Book of the Year) and with Gary Crew, 'Memorial' (A CBCA Honour Book) and 'The Viewer' (winner of the Crichton Award for illustration). In 2001 Shaun received the 'World Fantasy Best Artist Award' for his body of work. Shaun is the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award. The award described Shaun as 'a masterly visually storyteller'.

Tell us about your background. Are you fine art or illustration trained?

My background is in fine art. I didn’t study illustration formally but I have always been interested in books and illustration as a hobby. I want to a high school that had a special art programme, which basically meant there was some extra attention given to the visual arts curriculum.

When I left high school, I didn’t know what to do. I was notable for being a good drawer (probably just that!). I had a lot of other interests. I liked writing. My older brother was very interested in science and I followed quite a lot of his interests. However, I ended up doing an arts degree which comprised four subjects: history, philosophy, fine arts and English literature.

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The Lost Thing discussion guide


THE LOST THING

Author: Shaun Tan

Illustrator:Shaun Tan

Publisher: Hachette

Synopsis: The Lost Thing is a humorous story about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature while out collecting bottle-tops at a beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but the problem is met with indifference by everyone else, who barely notice it’s presence. Each is unhelpful in their own way; strangers, friends, parents are all unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to day-to-day life. In spite of his better judgement, the boy feels sorry for this hapless creature, and attempts to find out where it belongs.

Reasons for selection: This picture book for older readers is an interesting combination of text and image which provokes thoughtful responses. The mysterious 'lost thing' and its relationship with the enigmatic narrator, the desolate urban setting and the lack of engagement of most of the human characters, plus the  invitation to ponder on ''what it all means', combine to make this a good choice for higher attaining readers at the top end of Key Stage 2. 

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