The ArrivalBy Shaun Tan

This book is a few years old, but since our focus this year is graphic novels, I thought I’d post a review. With only a quick glance, this book might be slightly hard to understand. But the reader only has to look upon the faces within the book’s cover to see that this is a book about immigrants. Young people might not get the images used for food or the characters used for writing, but they are a very powerful illustration of how foreign and alien-like everything is in a new land. Tan’s story shows the pain of leaving loved ones, the fear of starting a new life, the importance of kindness, and the hope of a better life. Our world is the home of immigrants and we all will benefit from giving and receiving a helping hand. An important book for individual learning and classroom discussion.

Review by Teresa Edmunds, Westbrook Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 5-12

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The Arrival
By Shaun Tan
Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
128 pages
Release Date: October 12, 2007

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