When home is no longer safe, it is time to leave. It’s a long journey. It’ll be sad to leave but exciting too. You’ll only be able to take what you can carry as the journey will involve walking, lots of walking. Sometimes it’ll be lonely and it might get a bit boring, but then there’ll be times that we are with other other people. There will be lots of interesting things to spot on the way and lots of unusual usual places to go to sleep. On the way you’ll hear people that you don’t understand and eat foods you have never tried. When we get there though, you’ll feel safe and then you can unpack. Some people might not treat you properly and they might call you Refugee, but remember, that is not your name. Are you ready to go…
My name is not Refugee is beautiful and moving in equal measure. It follows the journey of a young boy and his mother as they make their way from their unsafe land in a new safe place to call home. The clear and simple illustrations that accompany the text are thought-provoking and moving.
This is a great book for child and adult to read together as there is so much to discuss. The book is constantly asking questions of the reader and allows for them to share in the experiences of the young boy.
Another expertly told story that makes the refugee crisis accessible to young readers.
Recommended for 4+.