One Box, Many Hearts

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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 07 Dec 2023

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Picture Book.

A girl named Lana is forced to leave behind everything she loves when her home country becomes unsafe. She is nervous to start school in a new place, especially since she has no food, books, or supplies. On Lana’s first day of school, however, her classmates band together to make her feel at home. This heartwarming book about the refugee experience will show young readers how to make a person feel welcome and loved.

Picture Book.

A girl named Lana is forced to leave behind everything she loves when her home country becomes unsafe. She is nervous to start school in a new place, especially since she has no food...

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ISBN 9781538394137
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This is a sweet book that deals with a difficult topic. My son and I enjoyed reading it together. It was a great opportunity to discuss this difficult subject together. The illustrations are fun and colorful. The text engaging.

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This was such a sweet book about collective kindness and how a small effort from many people can hugely impact the lives of others. It would be a great book for an SEL lesson.

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With so many refugees needing to relocate from their unsafe home countries, this is an important book to share with students. What a wonderful welcome it would be for the newly relocated child to be shown such care by their classmates. I hope this book finds its way into classrooms with immigrants and refugees.

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In this story, a kid moves to a new country with nothing. The classmates notice and help make her feel welcomed. It is a heartwarming book and could be a good read aloud at an appropriate time.

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While I know the hardship of moving and having to live in a new town and start a new school [something I have always hated], I cannot imagine having to do it as a refugee - the bravery involved in leaving all you know because of the danger around you and coming to a country, that while safe, is completely brand-new [with a whole new set of problems], is mind-blowing to me.

In this lovingly illustrated book, a new girl feels even more displaced in her new home/school [and misses her old home so very much] until some very kind students welcome her in the best way and the young girl starts to feel better about her new home/school and is able to see things might be okay after all.

This book is a great way to start a conversation [or several, as the book is reread] about refugee's and that all that means [and within the child's ability to understand, some more stories about what living in a war-torn country, or a country that is suffering under a dictatorship regime means], about authors/illustrators from other counties [this author is from Qatar, and the illustrator is from Lebanon], and a HUGE reminder that is costs absolutely nothing to BE KIND and that we should be choosing kindness always.

Very well done.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bayan Khaled, Fadi Salameh - Illustrator, and Rosen Publishing Group/Windmill Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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A young student is new to a country, a school, and a home and classmates recognize that not having many belongings will affect feeling safe, comfortable, and connected. They give a box full of school items to help with this problem. Sharing kindness is always a good thing. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book virtually.

The sentiment of this story is amazing. Refugees leave their homes quickly and are allowed very little of their belongings when leaving for a safer home. This is a great purchase if your curriculum or population needs discussions like these or if there are many activities showing ways to be kind to others. I see it as an additional purchase only as I get very little budget for my school libraries.

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One Box, Many Hearts is a great book for young kids to talk about kindness. Any kid can relate to this story because either they were the new student or they had an opportunity to welcome a new student.

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Young Lana and her family are forced to flee their home, leaving everything they've known and loved behind. Starting anew somewhere else proves difficult, though Lana finds her new classmates welcoming and helpful.

This is a sweet and thought-provoking story, though I wish it hadn't been told in rhyme. The tale does have a happy ending, but the sing-songy poem adds too much levity to the a story based on such serious subject matter.

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