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A Children's Book with Purpose- by Laura Archer
"Out" is a children’s book written from the perspective of a child who has fled her home country with her mother. Along her journey, she carries with her a gold ribbon which is a linking object throughout the story and always appears with the girl. The author is Australian, but the story does not reference the country the mother and daughter have left nor the country in which they have settled. The imagery is bold, however the story is phrased in a child-friendly way that also offers some realities of how difficult it is to flee a country and leave family (in this case her father) behind. The story ends with a reunification.
The book opens with a powerful statement: “I’m called an asylum seeker, but that’s not my name.” Yet the name of the main character is not mentioned, and I feel this gives this book an opportunity to be widely used to discuss the refugee experience with children. This approach helps avoid associating refugees with a certain culture, race, or country of origin. On the flip side, this means that a child who had a refugee experience from a certain country may not connect as much to this story.
I read this book to my 4-year old, and it sparked an array of questions. We discussed some similarities in our family history and also how people can have different homes and life experiences. This is a great introduction to migration and some of the paths people take to come to a new country.
OUT by Angela May George
Illustration by Owen Swan
More books with purpose:
Making Canada Home – How Immigrants Shaped This Country
By: Susan Hughes
By: Cheryl Foggo
A Multicultural Alphabet – Embracing Canada’s Identity
By: Aum Nicol
By: Harriett Brundle
A Refugees Journey from Syria (Leaving my Homeland)
By: Helen Mason
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