31259052by Rosemary McCarney

Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Second Story Press

4.5 Stars

Synopsis: This stunning photo essay takes a look at the thousands of children around the world who have been forced to flee war, terror, and conflict, young refugees on the move with very little left except questions. It’s hard to imagine, but the images here will help unaffected children understand not only what this must feel like, but also how very lucky they are. The final message is that children, even with uncertain futures, are resilient and can face uncertainty with optimism. With images from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

My Review: This is a great book to read to children who are learning about, hearing about or asking questions about the plight of refugees. I taught at a school that has over 50% of the population who had immigrated from various nations. This would have been a great tool to use with those classes to continue the conversations and to assist with understanding about their classmates as well as the children that had been arriving as refugees in the area.

The photographs in this book are mesmerizing. They show children and families in various situations, living in refugee camps, escaping on boats, wandering and dealing with having no home. 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. Their lives are difficult, they are constantly on the move and never know what they will face the next day. The parents are worried about the family’s safety from wars, corrupt officials etc. However, through all this, the children play, make friends and have hope that they will find a home. They wonder what it will be like and what their new lives will bring. The book ends on a high note, which unfortunately is not the way all their lives and struggles will end, but it is for children so there is some sugar coating. One of the things I really like about this book is that all profits will go to refugee organizations to help those who are in this situation.

This book will teach children about the plight of others, how they live and what they deal with on a day-to-day basis. It will also help to teach them 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 to all schools and public libraries. It’s timing with the current situations around the world is perfect. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.