Review and giveaway: Lost & Found
Lost & Found, by Shaun Tan, is a collection of three stories for middle grade readers. These are stories of people and relationships. There isn’t a lot of text in them, but the beautiful illustrations speak volumes of their own. One of the stories, The Lost Thing, was made into a film and it recently won the Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated). The stories in this book are thought provoking and relevant and can be enjoyed by middle grade readers up – as a matter of fact, I think each age group will take something different away from them. The stories are:
- The Red Tree – In this story a young child feels sad all day long until she finds a red tree growing in her bedroom. It explores feelings of hopelessness and depression.
- The Lost Thing – When a young man finds a “lost thing” at the beach one day, he takes it home only to discover that his parents won’t welcome the thing. He searches until he finds a place where the thing can fit in. This story explores individuality and fitting in society.
- The Rabbits – This story was written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan. It tells the story of rabbits who come to a new country. The native people don’t know what to think as the rabbits keep coming, bringing their own language and customs and eventually taking over. Although it was written about Australia, it explores universal themes of immigration and environmental protection.
This trailer of the movie version of The Lost Thing will give you an idea of the beauty of this wonderful book:
Thanks to Scholastic Books, I have 2 copies of this book to giveaway. To enter to win one of two copies of LOST & FOUND by Shaun Tan, simply fill out this entry form. Contest is open for those with a US mailing address only. I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST Friday, March 25, 2011. Winners will be announced on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.