Shaun Tan Video Interview
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Shaun Tan's picture books have won numerous awards and been adapted to theater and animated film. His stunning wordless graphic novel The Arrival depicts the immigrant experience with unforgettable emotional impact.
Get to know this illustrator from Perth, Australia by watching our November 2007 video interview. Learn how he got his start as a children’s book illustrator, how he developed his ideas for The Arrival, and what inspired his vision for the book. Tan also describes the meaning behind a few key drawings in The Arrival, and offers advice for young artists.
Discover the history of immigration in America and take an interactive tour of Ellis Island with this interactive unit. Hear the stories of recent immigrants, explore the interactive historical timeline of immigration, and delve into data about immigration patterns over the last 200 years.