The Arrival – a picture book about immigration

In The Arrival, author/illustrator Shaun Tan “tells” the story (without words) of an immigrant in a new land. Tan’s description:

“The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope”.

It is both a book for children and a book for adults. It is beautiful, compelling and a must-see. Tan has won several children’s literature awards for this work. See Shaun Tan’s website for more on The Arrival, including some of the illustrations.

2 Replies to “The Arrival – a picture book about immigration”

  1. Yo creo que es muy importate celebrar el dia International de la lengua materna. En mi caso mi lengua materna es Espanol, pero actualmente vivo en Canada asi que la lengua que uso diariamente es el Ingles. Sinembargo yo me siento my orgullosa de hablar Espanol pues mi cultura y mis raices se manifiestan a traves del Espanol.

    Viva IMLD!
    Nina Camargo

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