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A Refugee's Journey from Iraq (Leaving My Homeland) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-17 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0778731278
LANGUAGE:English

" A new series on refugees is straightforward and clear, engaging and intriguing, mixing narrative and informational formats of writing. Kids will learn about this real world crisis and the hope that they can have, as suggestions are provided for what they can do to help. " said.

"The “Leaving My Homeland” series of books couldn’t be more timely. I read the following words on page four of Leaving My Homeland: A Refugee’s Journey from Iraq less than 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the administration’s travel ban: “Many Iraqi children, such as this boy in Kirkuk, become orphans when their families are killed in areas of conflict.” That text box stopped me in my tracks. I had to stop to think before I could read on. The boy looks to be four, maybe five. I thought about what I’ve read in the news. Currently, all refugees are banned from the United States for 120 days, and this little one has another strike against him: no “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." I don’t know if he personally had any hope of coming to the United States, but I do know that thousands of refugees, who were in process, are now at least temporarily banned—-even those thoroughly vetted. And thanks to this series of books, I now understand that more than half of all refugees are children. How can I make sense of the fact that if the refugees are orphans, they are unlikely to meet the stringent new requirements of a “bona fide relationship.” When I know more, I have more empathy, and that’s what I want for my students. They need resources to help them make sense of what they hear in the news. We live in a divided country, and building empathy for one another is one of the only ways I can see out of our current stalemate.

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"The “Leaving My Homeland” series of books couldn’t be more timely. I read the following words on page four of Leaving My Homeland: A Refugee’s Journey from Iraq less than 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the administration’s travel ban: “Many Iraqi children, such as this boy in Kirkuk, become orphans when their families are killed in areas of conflict.” That text box stopped me in my tracks. I had to stop to think before I could read on. The boy looks to be four, maybe five. I thought about what I’ve read in the news. Currently, all refugees are banned from the United States for 120 days, and this little one has another strike against him: no “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." I don’t know if he personally had any hope of coming to the United States, but I do know that thousands of refugees, who were in process, are now at least temporarily banned—-even those thoroughly vetted. And thanks to this series of books, I now understand that more than half of all refugees are children. How can I make sense of the fact that if the refugees are orphans, they are unlikely to meet the stringent new requirements of a “bona fide relationship.” When I know more, I have more empathy, and that’s what I want for my students. They need resources to help them make sense of what they hear in the news. We live in a divided country, and building empathy for one another is one of the only ways I can see out of our current stalemate.

If you would like to support my efforts to bring these books to my students, along with other books detailing the challenging journeys many young people face around the world, please consider supporting my Donor’s Choose project. Currently, all donations are matched thanks to a generous anonymous donor. Thanks! bit.ly/2sKadGx
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" A new series on refugees is straightforward and clear, engaging and intriguing, mixing narrative and informational formats of writing. Kids will learn about this real world crisis and the hope that they can have, as suggestions are provided for what they can do to help. " said.

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