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The Someone New

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Critters accept a snail looking for a new home in warm tale.

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This cute, warm animal story works as both a friendship tale and a kid-friendly mirror of the immigration debate. It shows why someone might come to make a home in a new place (because he no longer felt safe in his old home) and how folks can be scared of someone who's different coming into their community. That may sound heavy-handed, but author Jill Twiss has a light touch in the storytelling. And EG Keller's watercolor-and-ink illustrations sweep the reader along, with adorable woodland creatures loaded with personality. Even if a reader misses the allusion to immigration, it's a powerful, engaging tale of empathy and kindness.

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