" Told in photographs, and simple text, readers follow children and their families who have had to flee their homes. A great way to open up the discussion of refugees. " Katie Lawrence said.
" Note: I received a digital review copy of this book through NetGalley; I received a bound galley from the publisher at ALA Midwinter 2017. " Andréa said.
" I fail to see how this is age appropriate. I'm all for giving children some of life's realities & not coddle them too much, but this seemed to be too much for the young audience it is trying to target. Is there no middle ground or balance anymore, either one way or the other? Extreme left or extreme right? Or, in line with the other book I'm reading right now, even young children needs their privilege checked??!!?? " Pam said.
"Are you kidding me? Yes let's over burden our own!
Do you realize there are more kids in Africa suffering vs Syria?
Sympathetic liberalism this is what's wrong here ... my kids know of compassion- yet what happens when our country as it becomes lawless, to our own? Syrian men need to stand up and fight for their country! Just as any of us- would do. See the larger picture folks! Corruption in our gov Obama and the Bushes, Clintons CREATING thus!
you want to see tragedy go to Detroit- we have kids HERE living in terrible situations write about That! I just completed a thesis on some of this--- I will personally ban this book from my community, library schools etc
It's people such as yourself - why we have this upcoming clueless generation! " Laura said.
""I am so blessed to live in a country that is not war-torn and dangerous but has prosperity and peace within. So many millions of families around the world are displaced and literally running for their lives trying to seek asylum and once again find a safe home in which to raise their children. "
This book with its vivid and informative photos, along with the simple narrative, explains the plight of these scared weary refugees who feel lost and hopeless and just want to obtain a normal life once again.
Life for them is hard and complicated when they are constantly on the move and there are so many unknowns facing them. But in the midst of all that worry and strife oftentimes the precious children rally with each other to play, laugh and make friends, a thing that every child loves (and needs) to do. For those few happy, engaging moments they can forget their fears and find that normalcy that they so desperately need. In doing so hope rises up in them and tells their hearts that somewhere, sometime, someone will say welcome to your new home.
What a perfect book to share at this time as so many refugees are trying to relocate into new parts of the world fleeing from evil dangers so they can continue their life and start anew. This book teaches your child about how others live, how to be grateful for their own country, and most of all compassion to enable them to reach out and help those less fortunate. I highly, highly recommend this book. It's timing around current world events happening now is spot on perfect.
" Marilyn said.
" The pictures capture the uncertainty of being a refugee. " Alice said.
"My interest in this book stemmed from a desire to teach my 6 year old daughter more about the plight of refugees, as she has just recently started to be exposed to world news and all of the bad stuff that too often goes with it. I read it with her twice, and she definitely responded with empathy to the images and with plenty of questions about what was happening to the people in them. So this book absolutely succeeded in that regard.
The text, however, was somewhat less successful as it tends to sort of "lead" in a way that made my kid conclude that all would be well in the end (spoiler: life is not that simple). For example: Where the text asks "Will it be cold and wintry [where I am going to live]?" My child's answer: "No." And she was confused by the final lines, which to her implied that she, personally, was a good person only if she, personally, invited refugees to live in our actual family home. And of course that opened up more questions!
What she ultimately decided is that there should not be any fences between countries, that refugees should be welcome everywhere, and that not everyone has as much as she does. That's clearly a win for the book and its images. But parents or educators using it as a teaching tool may be disappointed in the text's tendency toward oversimplification, and I'd be cautious about what age-range is being targeted.
** I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley **" Alysa H. said.
" The photos are breathtaking and relatable - putting faces to a very important issue. Elementary schools and children's libraries will find this book is a good investment. The text is a concise explanation of rational questions children this age will ask. I would pair it up with some fiction chapter books and use Where Will I Live as an intro to a social studies lesson or unit. " Mandy Peterson said.