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Tibet Through the Red Box

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

The meandering, dreamy story may limit its appeal.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+
age 9+

good for tweens and older, iffy for young children

has a lot of information, but in one part in the beggining a group of workers fall of a mountain when it collapes, otherwise pretty good.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

An amazing confluence of history, memory, and the magic of dreams, this sophisticated picture book is based in reality, though it shoots off in several unexpected directions. He uses sketches from his father's diary and many more drawn directly from the younger Sis' imagination. Mandalas, mythical figures, Tibetan architecture and landscape, dreamscapes, decorative patterns, and scenes from the stories are woven together to form a book as colorful, rich, and complicated as a piece of Tibetan fabric. This is a work of literary, visual, and historical art unlike anything else ever published.

What little story there is just ends with the author's father reaching Potala and meeting the Dalai Lama. But this isn't meant to be a storybook -- it's a book of memories and dreams, rooted in reality but not clinging to it. It is really for older readers -- who may need to be encouraged to try it.

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