Plot[ edit ] Set in the near future, in dystopian MelbourneAustralia, The Lost Thing is a story about Shaun who enjoys collecting bottle tops for his bottle top collection. One day, while collecting bottle tops near a beach, he discovers a strange creature, that seems to be a combination of an industrial boilera craband an octopus. This creature is referred to as "The Lost Thing" by the narrator. Shaun realizes the creature is lost and out of place.
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The lost thing of the title is a curious amalgam of what could be best described as a teapot melded with a crab.
The environment Tan creates is deliberately unsettling. Buildings and concrete slabs are old and decayed with rusted pipes jutting out at strange angles.
The city looks worn out and tired, and there is a complete abscence of plant life. The city is populated by self absorbed adults, preoccupied with their ritual habits.
Too busy with their dreary and gray lives, they neither notice nor care about the lost thing. But the unnamed protagonist does care.
He is a beacon of goodness and decency in a dark, detached environment. The youth, a tireless collector of bottle tops, takes on the responsibility of finding the lost thing a home.
The artists represented in the book could serve as an introduction to modern art for your students, via extension activities. Shaun Tan's versions of classic paintings can also be used as the beginnings of a world knowledge extension activity - the world of modern art.
At one point, the protagonist - in summing up his experience - reports that nothing terribly profound happened in the story. But that's not true. Shaun Tan invites us to look at the world in a different way, to notice things or people that don't fit, and to not simply ignore them - they just may need our help.
A terrific message for young people, and the not so young. Even though I use the book daily I still find hidden messages or insights buried in the text, or in Shaun Tan's illustrations.
Students enjoy the story and generally remain engaged throughout. The Shaun Tan review summary is further explored in the free guide. Shaun Tan Grade Level: A boy who enjoys collecting bottle tops encounters a huge lost thing.
The thing is a combination between a pot bellied stove and a crab. The boy decides to find the thing a home. An excellent story full of fascinating language that is highly engaging.
Words and themes that are perhaps worth investigating further - use semantic maps. A list of words selected from the text, that are unusual or students may find difficult to decode and understand.
Explore the words meaning and possible synonyms using a dictionary and thesaurus. A selection of phrases that are a little unusual and can be used to discuss aspects of the story, Particularly more abstract concepts such as metaphor and simile.Shaun Tan’s “The Lost Thing” explores a world that directly reflects society and its inability to accept indifferences.
Through Tan’s use of film techniques such as tones, costuming, and camera shots, the audience is able to have an increased understanding of belonging and the necessity of finding a sense of place in the world.
A perverted look at the desire to watch and the need to be seen, "Voyeur" is so eager to tell a good story that it tells the wrong one. This essay is an "A range" response, composed by myself for a practice assessment task under timed exam conditions during class.
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