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Stepping Stones, A Refugee Family’s Journey










Stepping Stones, A Refugee Family’s Journey

by Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr
ORCA Book Publishers, 2016

The artwork, made of water-smooth stones, will fascinate young readers and their parents.  River rocks beautifully laid out, tell the story of a Syrian refugee family escaping from their now hostile home to a new, unknown place.  The natural hardness of the stones poignantly illustrates to hardships the family experiences.  The book includes photos showing how the artist creates the illustration. After the scene is captured in photos, it is dismantled for the next scene, for the artist can’t afford ‘glue’ to make them permanent.

The story starts out on a normal day before there was hostility. But even then, the family wasn’t free, for they could not sing their songs, dance their dances, nor pray their prayers of choice.  Then rivers of people began leaving the city, until one day the family decided they must leave, too.  Only what they could carry went with them.  They traveled by foot, then by boat, hoping they’d be safe, for many others did not survive.  After a long time, a family took them in and helped them create a safe home.  The story ends on a note of peace.

Beautiful story, exquisite, moving illustrations.

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This is Me, A Story of Who We are and Where We Came From














This is Me,   A Story of Who We are and Where We Came From
by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell
Workman Publishing, 2016

An intriguing story asking if you were to immigrate to a new country and could only take what would fit in a suitcase, what would you take.

A teacher shared with her class that her great-grandmother came on a boat with just a suitcase. She shared what her great-grandmother brought, then she asked the students what they would bring if they left.  We visit the rooms of eight children to see what they would take, what they would leave, and why.

Written in rhyme, the author Jamie Lee Curtis gets philosophical saying, who you are it isn’t just what you’ve got, but part what you learn and part what you’re taught.  A thinker of a book.  Something both child and parent can discuss.

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