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Lost & Found

by Shaun Tan

Published by Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Inc, 2011
128 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠧45-229241

Age 10 and older

A girl抯 sense of isolation, despair, and disconnection is disrupted by sudden beauty in a seemingly grim world. A strange, lost object抯 fate takes an unexpected turn after a young man who notices it embarks on a search for where it belongs, instead finding a refuge for oddities梐 place where it might be happy. An indigenous voice describes the destruction of land and culture by the rabbits that colonized the region generations before. Three unusual stories梩wo written by Shaun Tan, the third by John Marsden, and all featuring Tan抯 distinctive, imaginative art梒omprise a collection inviting thought and reflection. 揟he Red Tree is emotionally arresting with its stunning visual portrayal of depression into which hope emerges, a tiny offering that suddenly bursts the girl抯 world of darkness. In 揟he Lost Thing, a society抯 indifference is confounded by an act of compassion. And in 揟he Rabbits, the parallel to Australian Aboriginal history in the wake of colonial domination is obvious and intended. All three stories feature Tan抯 intricate, detailed art depicting worlds that have been consumed, at least in part, by technology in a volume that affirms the value of nature, connection, and caring, and that will be enriched by what each reader brings to his or her understanding of the stories. Tan provides a commentary on each story in an afterword.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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