Hello!

A Welcoming Story

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Pub Date 01 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 13 Dec 2021
City of Light Publishing, CrissCross AppleSauce

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Meet Habiba, Aleksander, Malee, Elisa and Dinesh. They have left everything they have ever known and arrived in a classroom in a new country. Meet Grace, Jaylyn, Cameron, Miguel and Yu. They have never lived anywhere else. Hello! A Welcoming Story is the journey through the challenges that young refugees must navigate to find a sense of belonging in a new place. Flip it over and this two-books-in one also tells this story through the eyes of the students who welcome them in. In this Welcoming Story, all discover the power of embracing differences. Young refugees have traversed the world, escaped violence, and yet still struggle with the sense of identity forged in the way they dress, the foods they eat. The youngsters in this book encourage each other to be their unique and authentic selves. It is powerful for children to imagine themselves on both sides of this shared experience. It will elicit complex and important conversations with students of any age. Share this diverse book with your children and grandchildren, with your students and their teachers, and with your new neighbors. Experience the joy of feeling accepted and remember the power of a simple Hello!

Meet Habiba, Aleksander, Malee, Elisa and Dinesh. They have left everything they have ever known and arrived in a classroom in a new country. Meet Grace, Jaylyn, Cameron, Miguel and Yu. They have...


Advance Praise

"A vibrant and engaging story aimed at early-years and early primary ages [told from] the perspectives of both newly arrived students and their classmates… A fantastic resource for getting young children to think about sanctuary, home and welcome." —Megan Greenwood, Schools of Sanctuary Support Officer, Sanctuary Ambassador Network & Sanctuary in Politics Course Coordinator, City of Sanctuary UK

“This is a very important message to be sharing in the current climate, especially in the U.S. Let's hope it will support both those who are displaced and those who are in the host community.” —Prof. Evelyn Arizpe, Senior Lecturer at the School of Education in the University of Glasgow

“We need such stories to understand how life for other people can be completely different, what stories they bring and may share if only we are open to receive them, and then maybe find there are experiences we have in common..." —Prof. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Ph.D., D.Litt., Director of the Center for Young People's Literature and Culture, University of Wrocław

"What an excellent book. Its two-in-one form is brilliant...This book will be well received in many schools in Canada in some more progressive ones in the USA, and contribute to the critical task of teaching children about diversity, acceptance, and empathy." —Dr. Mateusz Świetlicki, Department of American Literature and Culture, Institute of English Studies, Centre for Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature, University of Wrocław, and Fulbright Ambassador

"Beautiful and touching, and a delight to read. I’m impressed with both the message of welcoming and acceptance, as well as the colourful and engaging illustrations. It is equally supportive of the newcomers and of the friends they will meet when they get here." —Dr. Eric M. Meyers, Assistant Professor at the School of Information at the University of British Columbia

"This new picture flipbook follows the lives of 5 newly arrived refugee students and 5 local students who welcome them to the classroom. It is a perfect resource for engaging young children aged 4-8 years old on learning about sanctuary issues and encouraging empathy and compassion." —Schools of Sanctuary Book Club reviewer

"A vibrant and engaging story aimed at early-years and early primary ages [told from] the perspectives of both newly arrived students and their classmates… A fantastic resource for getting young...


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