The Unexpected Friend

A Rohingya Children's Story

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Pub Date 01 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 01 Jan 2022
Guba Publishing, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles

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Description

This story is fictional but based on the lives of real children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. A young Rohingya boy called Faisal finds an injured bird in the refugee camp where he lives, and decides to care for it with his sisters. Life in the camp is not always easy, so the children are thrilled to have a pet to look after. But as the bird's wing slowly heals, they are faced with a difficult choice. Can they let go of something they dearly love?

Themed around universal childhood joys that are relatable by all children, the story helps young readers and listeners to empathize with situations that are different than their own. With artwork that authentically depicts life in a crowded refugee camp, The Unexpected Friend - A Rohingya Children's Story is a fitting book to introduce children to social justice, specifically the worldwide refugee humanitarian crisis. Made in partnership with aid agency Save the Children. Profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Save the Children's Rohingya Relief Fund.

This story is fictional but based on the lives of real children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. A young Rohingya boy called Faisal finds an injured bird in the refugee camp where he lives, and...


A Note From the Publisher

Book Illustrator: Inshra Sakhawat Russell

Book Illustrator: Inshra Sakhawat Russell


Advance Praise

“K-Gr 4—Faisal is on his way home from prayers at the mosque in the refugee camp where he lives in Bangladesh. His family walked there from Myanmar, where it was no longer safe for them to live. He finds an injured bird and decides to take it home to see if he can help it. Faisal falls as he's gathering firewood and injures his arm, so he and the bird are healing together. When they are both well, Faisal finds that he has grown attached to the bird and doesn't want to let him go, but eventually does. The choice of the crisp colorful style of the illustrations paired with such a somber, desperate setting is stunning. The images have sharp edges and no shadows, which gives them a bit of a folkloric feel, but perfectly reflects each scene. The book will evoke empathy from readers, even though the messaging is deliberately understated. VERDICT This beautiful offering has a lovely message of helping others, making it a solid choice for collections needing titles about social emotional learning or the plight of refugees.”
—Debbie Tanner, S D Spady Montessori Elem, School Library Journal

“K-Gr 4—Faisal is on his way home from prayers at the mosque in the refugee camp where he lives in Bangladesh. His family walked there from Myanmar, where it was no longer safe for them to live. He...


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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781946747105
PRICE $20.00 (USD)

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