Tibet: Through the Red Box

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Tibet Through the Red Box
Author Peter Sís
Illustrator Peter Sís
Cover artist Peter Sís
Country United States
Language English
Genre Memoir, non-fiction
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
November 5, 1998
Media type Print
Pages 64
Awards Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis
ISBN 0-374-37552-6

Tibet Through the Red Box is a children's book written and illustrated by Peter Sís, published by the Farrar, Straus and Giroux imprint Frances Foster Books in 1998. It was adapted into a play by David Henry Hwang in 2004.

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