A young refugee. How often do we hear the news of refugees crossing the desert or the Mediterranean Sea in search of freedom, safety and better lives? For our children it can be hard to imagine - hard to put themselves in these adult shoes.
But here is a child, crying out for his mother in the cold night and hearing her voice in his head, "Marway, keep going, walk, walk and walk."
Marwan remembers the night the men came to his home and his world went dark. In the days ahead of him he is determined to "Let in the rays of sunshine and paint the walls of his new house with happiness."
Courage, determination, desperation. Our children can gain empathy and understanding by spending a few pages with this young vulnerable refugee.
36 pages 978-9888341559 Ages 6-10
Read alike: Stepping Stones by Margriet Ruurs
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
One night they came... The darkness grew colder, deeper, darker, and swallowed up everything... Marwan is a young boy on a journey he never intended to take, bound for a place he doesn’t know. On his journey, he relies on courage and memories of his faraway homeland to buoy him. With him are hundreds and thousands of other human beings, crossing the deserts and the seas, fleeing war and hunger in search of safety. He must take one step after another—bringing whatever he can carry, holding on to dreams. This is the journey of one boy who longs for a home, and we follow his path, walking hand in hand with him as he looks forward with uncertainty and hopes for a peaceful future. This beautiful, heartfelt story gives a human face to the plight of refugees all over the world. Marwan’s journey is everyone’s journey.--from the publisher