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A Children's Book on Refugees? by tucsonmike on 20 September 2007 3:40pm
 
One of the members of my Toastmasters club approached me with this. She is a special education teacher in one district, her husband an elementary school principal in TUSD (Tucson Unified School District). Andrew has a lot of refugees in his school to the point where it is considered a magnet school for them. When Andrew found out I was helping with two refugee books, he wondered out loud about one for kids.

How in the world does someone write a book for kids about mass murder and hiding in jungles?
 
Re: A Children's Book on Refugees? by suzulu on 20 September 2007 10:33pm
 
Quite. It would be very difficult.
 
Re: A Children's Book on Refugees? by tucsonmike on 21 September 2007 3:33pm
 
I know Sue, ouch. I am looking for a child psychologist I can involve.
Something tells me I am going to be busy.
 
Re: A Children's Book on Refugees? by geordiegirl on 22 September 2007 8:42pm
 
Mike, I don't know if this is a practical suggestion, but it's a thought: is there a USA arm of the charity "Medical Foundation for the victims of torture?" (They don't just deal with horrors like that, they help 'displaced children' come to terms with their experiences (I'm friendly with one such chap in London). I'm sure, for a contribution, someone in USA would talk to or email you.
 
Re: A Children's Book on Refugees? by tucsonmike on 22 September 2007 8:51pm
 
Thanx Linda. I will check that out and would your friend be willing to speak with me?
 
Re: A Children's Book on Refugees? by geordiegirl on 23 September 2007 2:48pm
 
I suspect, reluctantly not, Mike; (he's ever so busy with so many voluntary things) or I'd have mentioned that immediately. Just trying to put you in the vaguely right direction, sorry if I mislead you!
 
Re: A Children's Book on Refugees? by tucsonmike on 24 September 2007 1:50am
 
No, Linda, you did not mislead me. Doesn't hurt to try LOL! but I kind of figured that was the case. I will check for a U.S. version when I can see straight.
 
Re: A Children's Book on Refugees? by geordiegirl on 24 September 2007 10:39pm
 
No, indeed, Mike, you never get anywhere unless you do!
Next time I see Jack (December perhaps) I will mention your quest.
 
Re: A Children's Book on Refugees? by sminobe on 25 September 2007 12:14am
 
My professor just wrote a resource book for librarians/teachers/parents who want to address with children/young adults exactly these 'sensitive' topics related to war: "War & peace: a guide to literature and new media, grades 4-8." by Virginia A. Walter. Libraries Unlimited, c2007. ISBN: (978)1591582717.

It's a bibliography of books, CDs/DVDs & websites, primarily from 1992+. She covered pre-1992 in a previous book, "War and peace literature for children and young adults." Oryx Press, 1993. ISBN: 0897747259.

The current book has a couple of chapters that might be helpful in identifying ways other authors have addressed this difficult topic:
The Horrors of War
The Consequences of War

 
Re: A Children's Book on Refugees? by Lounge Trekker on 25 September 2007 12:35am
 
My thought, Mike, would be to accentuate the positives of being in a new land. The opportunity and acceptance gained by it will fill a child's future with hope. You could fill a child-size book with stories about happy productive lives, exciting and safe adventures, then further motivating them with thoughts of career pursuits.

I'm no child psychologist, I'd leave that aspect for them. Not mentioning any potential horror may make the book more palatable for a broader audience.

Pete
 
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