At a Glance
Nonfiction Picture Book
This book chronicles the true stories of 5 children as they board boats to flee their homelands in search of asylum.
- Packs a lot into a relatively short book
- told in first person, it feels like you are right there with the actual people
- the collage and photo design almost feels like a scrapbook
- Presents the info in a fairly unbiased manner
- great for school reports
- I wanted more stories!
Would I recommend this title:
I actually learned quite a bit from the book. With refugees being a hot topic button, I felt that I gained a lot from reading this. It goes a bit into international law, and protections for refugees from the U.N.–things that are pertinent to today’s discussions.
While the book is told from the refugees’ point of view, and the author definitely wants you to feel sympathy and horror for their situations, I feel like the book does a great job of presenting facts and not demonizing the opposition. I feel like someone opposed to refugees entering their country would not be able to dismiss this book as just propaganda or too biased.
I was impressed by the amount of research done by the author. She actually interviewed some of these refugees–now adults themselves. The collage-type graphics and layout made it feel as if I was reading stories put down in a scrapbook.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to learn more about refugees.