BOOK REVIEWS

Where Will I Live? Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-20 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1772600288
LANGUAGE:English

" This book uses clear color photos of child refugees from around the world. It explores the refugee experience by posing age-appropriate questions that children in this situation may have. Although it offers hope at the end, it doesn't shy from the sadness and fear of the situation and many of the photos are heart-wrenching. Best used with elementary aged kids in a classroom or at home, where the context can be discussed. " said.

" These heartbreaking photos make me sad and hopeful at the same time. I love that the photos take center stage, with the text playing a supporting role. The ending felt a little odd to me, talking directly to the reader for the first time, but, overall, I felt like everyone needs to see this book, needs to be aware of the hard truths of the lives of refugees. It's done in a digestible, not sensationalized way here. " said.

"A timely and powerful global story from Rosemary McCarney about what life is like for child refugees who are uprooted from their homes because of war. The author uses spare text so that reader’s will focus their attention on the beautiful UNHCR photographs which show how refugees walking, running, hiking across deserts, and riding in carts and boats with the hope of finding a safe place to live. Many end up in refugee camps and tent cities in countries like Lebanon, Rwanda, Iraq, Niger, Hungary, Jordan, South Sudan, and Greece. Important age-appropriate classroom book.
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"The content is valuable for a variety of age-levels, and the simple text allows for either further questions, or for simple storytelling, depending on the needs of the reader. The gripping photographs humanize the subjects, without being all downtrodden (ie, you see children smiling with friends, too, creating a more complex narrative).

This book may be best for slightly older young readers; the majority of the book deals with fears rather than hope, and without context, I don't know that Kindergarten readers would get a lot from the text -- but your mileage may vary, and that certainly doesn't diminish from the importance of representation and a reality many children are experiencing, or the fact that non-refugee children DO pick up things they hear and see in the news, even if it isn't happening to them.

Would suggest as a readalike to I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien.
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""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.

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"With a stunning book cover and a title that invites the reader to open its pages, it's hard to resist Rosemary McCarney's latest book that brings the topic of refugee children into the classroom or home library.

Each page in this book contains a full-page photograph provided by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) that depicts a moment in a refugee child's life, whether it be running to safety in the middle of the night, travelling on the back cart of a truck, crossing arid land with other families loaded with their belongings as they move to another place, or on a boat filled with families in search of a safe place to live.

Some of these photos are heartbreaking, as we see the fear and uncertainty in the child's face as they are displaced, while others are hopeful as we witness children at play no matter where they find themselves. Each photograph is labelled with the country where the photo was taken.

The photographs themselves tell a story and parents will have much to discuss when reading it with their children. There is little text, however, one sentence or a few words per page, which may leave too much unsaid, and this may be scary to a child who is learning about refugee children for the first time. I believe this can be a good resource for teaching, if the parent is prepared to fill in the gaps when children undoubtedly will ask many questions.

This is a much needed book as we struggle to find positive ways to introduce our children to world events and social issues.

Note: On the back cover it states that proceeds from this book will be donated to refugee children's programs around the world.
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" The pictures capture the uncertainty of being a refugee. " said.

" Photographs of children from various countries. Would make a strong addition to any text set around refugees. " said.

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