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y The Red Tree single work   picture book   children's  
Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001
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'The Red Tree is a story without any particular narrative; a series of distinct imaginary worlds as self-contained images which invite readers to draw their own meaning in the absence of any written explanation. As a concept, the book is inspired by the impulse of children and adults alike to describe feelings using metaphor - monsters, storms, sunshine, rainbows and so on ... A nameless young girl appears in every picture, a stand-in for ourselves; she passes helplessly through many dark moments, yet ultimately finds something hopeful at the end of her journey.' (Source: Author's website)

Notes

  • For children 6 years and over.
  • Dedication: for Inari
  • Images from The Red Tree were used in 2008 by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) in their performance 'The Red Tree'. The ACO's performance combined musical composition by Michael Yezerski with projected images from Shaun's Tan picture book.
  • Included in the 2003 White Ravens Catalogue compiled by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Special mention; easily inderstandable.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has Chinese and Japanese translations.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Lothian , 2001 .
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      Extent: 1v. (unpaged)p.
      Description: col. illus.
      Reprinted: 2001 , 2002 , 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006
      ISBN: 0734405391 (pbk.), 0734401728
  • Appears in:
    y Lost and Found Shaun Tan , John Marsden , Shaun Tan (illustrator), New York (City) : Arthur A. Levine Books , 2011 Z1764283 2011 selected work picture book These three short stories focus on loss and despair to explore how we lose and find what matters most to us: a girl finds a bright spot in a dark world, a boy leads a strange, lost being home, and a group of peaceful creatures loses its home to cruel invaders.
    New York (City) : Arthur A. Levine Books , 2011
Alternative title: 緋紅樹
Transliterated title: Fei hong shu
Language: Chinese

Works about this Work

'Darkness Overcomes You' : Shaun Tan and Søren Kierkegaard Martin Blok Johansen , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Children's Literature in Education , March vol. 46 no. 1 2015; (p. 38-52)
'This article analyses Shaun Tan’s picturebook The Red Tree using some of the central concepts of existentialism developed by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard argued that being a person entails a coming-to-be [tilblivelse], and for the person this coming-to-be manifests itself as a task. The task is to become oneself, which involves working through despair and becoming concrete. It is argued that The Red Tree demonstrates this process, with both the verbal and visual text depicting how despair can manifest itself through a process of sundering [splittelse], in which the little girl protagonist experiences separation, splitting and a sense of doubleness. Ultimately, though, this girl achieves a growing-together; she experiences a sense of concretion as she becomes the one she is, as symbolised by the magnificently sprouting red tree.' (Publication abstract)
Negotiating Miranda's Vision in the Classroom : Critical Encounters with Literature, from Archetypal Symbolism to Dystopian Fantasy Tzina Kalogirou , Konstantinos Malafantis , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Thinking Through Children’s Literature in the Classroom 2014; (p. 129-147)
Memory Palaces Luke Davies , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Monthly , June no. 79 2012; (p. 48-50)
'Luke Davies on Australia's budding graphic novel scene.'
Page to Performance : Children's Books Adapted for the Stage Nicola Robinson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 27 no. 1 2012; (p. 8-11)
Middle Years Students' Collaborative Talk about 'The Red Tree': 'A Book that Really Works Your Mind' Sylvia Pantaleo , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Language and Literacy , vol. 34 no. 3 2011; (p. 260-278)

This article features Grade 7 students' oral and written responses to Shaun Tan's 2001 The Red Tree, one of the picturebooks used during two multifaceted, classroom based research projects. As well as examining how the students responded to and interpreted texts with metafictive devices, the research explored how students transferred their knowledge and understanding of various literary and art elements in picturebooks and graphic novels when creating their own multimodal print texts. The discussion of one small group's transcript excerpts and written responses reveals how the students engaged in collaborative talk as they worked to interpret the artwork and text in Tan's picturebook, and how their exploratory talk affected their written work. The article concludes by exploring several factors that need to be considered when developing effective pedagogy for classroom talk. [Author's abstract]

Untitled H. M. Saxby , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 46 no. 1 2002; (p. 14)

— Review of The Red Tree Shaun Tan 2001 single work picture book
Spinach for Small Minds Meg Sorensen , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 December 2001; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Let's Get a Pup Bob Graham 2001 single work picture book ; The Red Tree Shaun Tan 2001 single work picture book
Nourishment for Dreams Jenny Pausacker , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 April 2002; (p. 13)

— Review of Baby Bilby, Where Do You Sleep? Narelle Oliver 2001 single work picture book ; The Red Tree Shaun Tan 2001 single work picture book ; The House of Narcissus Margaret Wild 2001 single work picture book ; Where Does Thursday Go? Janeen Brian 2001 single work picture book ; Olga the Brolga Rod Clement 2002 single work picture book
Untitled Pam Macintyre , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 10 no. 1 2002; (p. 46)

— Review of The Red Tree Shaun Tan 2001 single work picture book
Untitled Jo Goodman , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 17 no. 1 2002; (p. 30)

— Review of The Red Tree Shaun Tan 2001 single work picture book
The Children's Book Council of Australia : Annual Awards 2002 2002 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 46 no. 3 2002; (p. 2-13)
It'll End in Tears : Melancholy in Contemporary Australian Picture Books Elizabeth Parsons , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 4 no. 2005; (p. 77-88)
Images of Refuge with Deep Imprint Penelope Davie , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 - 29 October 2006; (p. 34)
Child's Tale Taps Emotional Scales Clare Morgan , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 July 2008; (p. 14)
Two composers explain how the images in Shaun Tan's picture book The Red Tree, have provided inspiration for a new composition.
Not Just a Pretty Picture Fiona Gruber , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 10 November 2008; (p. 30)
Book illustrators say their work deserves to be seen as art.
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