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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (Oct. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439895294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439895293
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 22.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 5 2009
Format: Hardcover
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Even wonder what it's like to be an immigrant moving to a new place to look for work, to see and experience a whole new world? The Arrival will tell you the story of someone who made this journey.

This beautiful book is designed like a worn out photo album from the past, not sure which past if the photo on the cover is anything of a hint. The book opens to a wall of immigrant photos, just like those you'll see in Ellis Island Museum. Several drawings of immigrant processing, passport pictures, and the "arrival hall" are based on photographs taken at Ellis Island.

The story starts with a man putting a photo of his family carefully into his luggage. It's early morning. His wife and daughter are walking him to the train station. The scene cuts to show the town he's leaving from, one that's inhabited by gigantic black tentacles. At the train station, you can see the sadness in the eyes of her daughter, who only manages to break into a sad smile when her dad pulls a paper crane from under his hat to cheer her up. They hug and bid farewell. The train leaves. The mother and girl then walk back home under the shadows of the tentacles.

You can tell the tremendous amount of research and thought put in the panels. Shaun Tan has put little nuances and details everywhere, enabling readers to fully immerse themselves in the new world feeling the sense of wonder and foreignness as a new immigrant might. When the man is in the arrival hall of the immigration building, he undergoes the health checkups, questioning by officers on the purpose of his visit before he's approved entry.

He finds his job, made new friends and we learn their stories and more of this strange world. The last act ends happily with the man inviting his wife and daughter over.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Peart on Dec 19 2006
Format: Hardcover
Who wants a bland book? We all love being emotionally moved by books.

'The Arrival' pictures the experience of moving to a foreign land without any text. This had a big emotional impact on me. As the reader you see and feel the strangeness and lostness of the immigrant. But I think it opens up the experience of 'trying to understand & belong' in other situations. The drawings are open to interpretation.

Without text to give away the story, you have to search out the story for yourself, in beautiful pencil drawings, which I found an engaging and delightful experience.

This is a book I own, reread, and give others.

I came to this book having loved two of Shaun Tan's previous books: 'The Lost Thing'-a fun story, and 'The Red Tree' - melancholy pictures you can empathise with.
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By M. Miller on Dec 7 2013
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It's amazing how a pictoral allegory can tell a story with such detail and pathos as this does. The more time you spend with this beautiful piece of work, the deeper your understanding of the story will be. Just beautiful.
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By Lisa P on May 15 2013
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This book may not have words in it, but once you see the pictures, words are not needed. Excellent book for any teacher to use in a variety of lessons. Have your students look at a few pages and create their own stories. Or put them in groups and have them dramatize their own story. Overall, Fantastic!!
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