Tibet by Peter Sís

Tibet

A father's diary, an artist's memoir.By the author of the best-selling Three Golden Keys.While my father was in China and Tibet, he kept a diary, which was later locked in a red box. We weren't allowed to touch the box. The stories I heard as a little boy faded to a hazy dream, and my drawings from that time make no sense. I cannot decipher them. It was not until I myself had gone far, far away and received the message from my father that I becam...


Details Tibet

TitleTibet
ISBN9780374375522
Author
Release DateNov 5th, 1998
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, History, Nonfiction
Rating

Reviews Tibet

  • stephanie
    2008-06-19
    this is an absolutely amazing book. i thought The 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, an...
  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    2017-03-08
    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.
  • Dolly
    2013-01-24
    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, w...
  • Chris
    2009-06-22
    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.
  • Julietsangchan
    2017-07-09
    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 imagina...
  • Brian
    2010-02-28
    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 doc...
  • Laura
    2008-06-30
    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, ...
  • Jlawrence
    2016-12-17
    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...
  • Alison
    2009-11-15
    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. T...
  • Nancy Kotkin
    2017-01-22
    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 fa...
  • Emily Von pfahl
    2016-02-11
    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 Be...
  • Luann
    2010-03-01
    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. Som...
  • Timothy
    2007-10-05
    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, ...
  • Mila
    2016-03-26
    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.
  • Karen
    2015-06-22
    Wonderful pictures. My kids didn't really get this book. As an adult I did.
  • Maria Rowe
    2017-08-27
    • 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 t...
  • Charlie Moses
    2018-07-11
    Now this was INTERESTING. And, really, I don't think it is a book for children, though it looks at first glance like a child's picture book. But no, that it definitely isn't. Filled with symbolic artwork, and stories told by the author's father to the author as a child, this is an ...well, autobiographical doesn't quite cover it, because there is much in the story that is rather fantastical. So, for older children, who can read well for themselve...
  • H
    2018-02-26
    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.
  • Mary Norell Hedenstrom
    2017-06-15
    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.
  • Becky
    2018-04-22
    I wonder how much is true.
  • Courtney Lau
    2017-03-01
    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.
  • Jen
    2017-11-14
    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.
  • Seema Rao
    2018-01-17
    A magical realistic retelling of the author’s father’s adventures in Tibet.
  • Vincent Reese
    2017-09-10
    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 knowi...
  • Rachel
    2009-12-03
    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 Chi...
  • Cynthia Larson
    2013-08-24
    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...
  • Paul
    2012-04-05
    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 ...
  • Barbara
    2014-06-29
    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, ...
  • Rodricucuz Vaughn
    2011-11-14
    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 myst...
  • Nancy
    2011-03-07
    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 hi...