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Where Will I Live?

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Moving book about child refugees brought to life by photos.

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age 4+

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age 6+

Great Conversation Starter

This book works effectively against the very real problem of dehumanizing of refugees, and it helps a child get a handle on an abstract concept by presenting it from a child's perspective. I like the way much of the book is written in the form of a series of questions, very much the way children sound. The use of photos supplied by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees concisely represents a global problem affecting families in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East; but unlike so many gruesome shots we see in newsfeeds today, some of these show children playing and making friends, and these were the ones my kids were most engrossed in. Rather than making the issue appear greater, more prevalent or closer to home what this book offers is a chance for parents to talk about what we can all do to help - by being a friend, offering a welcome, having empathy. I read this book with my 9-yr olds, and we all give it 2 thumbs up. Rosemary McCarney's little collection of images was a great way to get a conversation started - and by that I mean I got a chance to listen to what my kids already know about the subject.

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age 2+


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This excellent book for introducing young kids to the plight of refugees is brought vividly alive by the photos and faces of very real children who've been affected. Where Will I Live? uses spare but very affecting text to voice the thoughts, worries, fears, and hopes of kids who are refugees. The text is simple and direct so readers can easily relate. Though there's no direct information about the current events that caused these refugees, each photo names the country where it was taken, which include Croatia, Hungary, Rwanda, Lebanon, Jordan, Slovenia, Greece, South Sudan, Kenya, Cameroon, Myanmar, and Niger.

Throughout this photo essay, the beautiful, expressive faces of the children stare frankly out at us, engaging us in their lives. And though some of the pictures are scarier, especially the one of one young boy looking frightened when blocked by a solider, the kids are often shown smiling, even playing, making it clear that they're kids like any others. A beautiful book to encourage empathy and understanding of world situations, while contributing to programs that help.

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