Peter Sís

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Peter Sís


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in Brno, Czech Republic
May 11, 1949

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PETER SÍS is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, filmmaker, painter and author. Born in 1949 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and grew up in Prague. He studied painting and filmmaking at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. His animated work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He came to America in 1982, and now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his family. Peter Sís is the first children’s book artist to be named a MacArthur Fellow. In 2012 he won The Hans Christian Andersen Award.

His many distinguished books include Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet Through the Red Box, Madlenka, Rainbow Rhino, The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin, The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron
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Average rating: 3.89 · 68,524 ratings · 5,463 reviews · 81 distinct works · Similar authors
The Wall: Growing Up Behind...

4.05 avg rating — 3,426 ratings — published 2007 — 13 editions
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The Conference of the Birds

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4.24 avg rating — 1,004 ratings — published 2011 — 14 editions
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Starry Messenger: Galileo G...

3.90 avg rating — 845 ratings — published 1996 — 14 editions
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Madlenka

3.98 avg rating — 726 ratings — published 2000 — 6 editions
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The Pilot and the Little Pr...

3.89 avg rating — 723 ratings — published 2014 — 9 editions
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Tibet: Through the Red Box

4.13 avg rating — 653 ratings — published 1998 — 7 editions
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The Tree of Life: Charles D...

4.12 avg rating — 364 ratings — published 2003 — 9 editions
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Ice Cream Summer

3.44 avg rating — 359 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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The Three Golden Keys

4.21 avg rating — 311 ratings — published 1994 — 8 editions
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Fire Truck

3.51 avg rating — 234 ratings — published 1998 — 5 editions
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October 2011, Peter Sís
"His Favorite Illustrated Books: Take flight into the richly drawn worlds of these recs from the artist behind a new adaptation of The Conference of the Birds." ...More

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“When you feel empty, you have to open up your heart and let the wind sweep through it.”
Peter Sís, The Conference of the Birds

“The seven oceans are drops of rain...”
Peter Sís, The Conference of the Birds

“The sorrow bird: We've gone too far. I'm afraid we can't go back.

Hoopoe: Back?... There's a circle, bird. Why, just think of the phoenix. He lives alone for more than a thousand years acquiring great wisdom and when it's his time to go, he gathers leaves around himself, spreads his wings, and starts a fire - a new phoenix is born from his ashes. We're going forward, bird!”
Peter Sís, The Conference of the Birds



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