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Flightlines: Exploring Early Readers for Children about the Refugee Experience


Hope, Julia


Oxford, England: Symposium Journals Ltd.

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

FORUM 49 3, 2007, 289-298 pages

Description of Resource

Much has been written about children's literature that deals with war, and specifically the Holocaust, but very little has been said about the portrayal of the refugee experience in children's books, which is now developing as a significant genre of its own. The rapid growth in these books, which are aimed at all ages, has not been documented separately and yet there are compelling messages that derive from them about citizenship, tolerance, respect and integration, as well as the enduring nature of the human spirit in the face of terrible circumstances. This article focuses particularly on books about the refugee experience written for the younger reader, and their suitability for the age group they are aimed at. (Description from source).