What Is a Refugee?
“A refugee is a person, just like you or me.” With clear, child-appropriate language and imagery in simple shapes and vivid colors—and without pointing fingers at specific countries or political groups—author/illustrator Elise Gravel (the Disgusting Critters series, I Want a Monster, etc.) explains that some children and adults have no choice but to seek refuge after being displaced by war, repression, or religious persecution. Inviting readers to put themselves in others’ shoes, Gravel writes that refugees would rather stay in their countries with family and friends, but must find a place where they can “live in peace and safety. Just like you and me.” The book ends with short biographical information about a selection of such “famous refugees” as Madeleine Albright, reggae icon Bob Marley, and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai.
Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.