Where Will I Live?
Rosemary McCarney, Author
Photographs provided by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
Second Story Press, Nonfiction, Apr. 4, 2017
Suitable for Ages: 6-9
Themes: Children, Refugees, Immigrants, Children of War
Opening: “Sometimes scary things happen to good people.”
Book Jacket Synopsis: Every child needs a home. Children need somewhere safe where they can be happy, eat their meals with their family, play with their toys, and go to sleep at night feeling unafraid.
But many children all over the world have had to leave their homes because they are no longer safe. Because of war and conflict, they and their families have become refugees. For them life is hard and full of questions. In spite of everything, they find time to laugh, play and make friends. And most important, they have hope that somewhere, someone will welcome them to a new home.
Why I like this book:
A timely and inspiring global story from Rosemary McCarney about what life is like for child refugees who are uprooted from their homes because of war.
McCarney’s use of minimal text directs the reader’s attention to the beautiful UNHCR photographs, which will melt your heart and speak to your soul. They show the remarkable journey the families make. The refugees walk, run, hike across deserts, and ride 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.
Where Will I live will help children appreciate the stability they have in their own lives and raise their cultural awareness of the plight of children worldwide. It addresses tough issues and belongs in every school library.
Proceeds from this book will be donated to refugee children’s programs around the world.
Resources: This powerful book will generate many classroom conversations about how difficult life can be for children around the world. Ask children about what it means to be a refugee. Where will they go if their home isn’t safe? What will they eat? This is a great exercise in empathy. Children are compassionate, kind and want to help. Everyday they see other kids on the television news who are making a difference. Perhaps Where Will I Live will inspire readers and classrooms to find a way to help refugee families.
Rosemary McCarney is Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament and past President CEO of Plan International Canada. She is the author of the internationally bestselling books: Every Day is Malala Day, Because I am a Girl: I Can Change the World, The Way to School and As A Boy.
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**I was provided with a copy of Where Will I Live in exchange for a fair and honest review.