Someone NewBook - 2018
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SPL_Childrens Jan 08, 2019
Please see a full review in "Summary" (published in the Stratford Beacon Herald on January 11, 2019).
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“There is someone new in my class.”
“It’s someone who doesn’t speak English.”
The story of three elementary school students who are asked by their teacher to welcome three new young immigrants to their classrooms is the focus of Anne Sibley O’Brien’s new picture book.
Maria has come from Guatemala, Jin from South Korea and Fatimah from Somalia. None speak English, so Jesse, Jason and Emma – although willing, don’t know how to connect with them.
At first, all six children feel uncomfortable, but gradually, Jesse, Jason and Emma find ways to connect with Maria, Jin and Fatimah as they discover common interests which help to overcome the language barriers. Through soccer, drawing and writing they come to know each other. Then they become friends.
The stories are gently and simply told but they carry powerful messages which tug at the heart.
Anne Sibley O’Brien’s new picture book portrays what it might be like to come from another country to a strange land, climate, school and language, so often accompanied by painful memories of past traumatic experiences. However, children (and people) around the world have many things in common – and a love of fun, soccer and art are only a few examples.
The author, Anne Sibley O’Brien, was raised bilingually and biculturally in South Korea.
** Recommended for ages 3 to 8 years of age.
Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library
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