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Where Will I Live?

Second Story Press 2017. 24 pages
First published: 2017
ISBN: 9781772600285 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 362.7
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Minimal, understated language narrates the profound upheavals of life as a refugee, with a focus on children’s lives and perspectives, in this brief and powerful book. “But where will I live? Will it be down this road ... beyond this hill … across this sea?”

Full-page colour photographs, selected from the library of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, depict candid moments of refugee families and children—in transit and in their temporary homes. In one image from South Sudan, a smiling boy peeks from under the tatters of a woven mat (“Will I live under a carpet?”). In another, young Lebanese siblings crouch atop household goods in the back of a truck. (“They ride ....”) The older one comforts the weeping little one, while staring at the camera with resigned and knowing eyes.

The quality and detail of the photographs offer opportunities for rich discussions. One striking spread pairs an image from Iraq with one from Hungary. Both show an exodus on foot, as people carry their few possessions in bundles and bags. One queue of refugees straggles under white-hot sunlight across dry baked sand (“... or walk.”) In the other, the cool blue light of a country road illuminates refugees who are running (“hoping to find a peaceful place”).

The call for empathy and aid is made explicit by the final spreads, as close-ups of children in Jordan, Myanmar and Niger illustrate the book’s conclusion: “After such a long journey, and such a long wait, I hope someone smiles and says ‘Welcome home.’ I hope that someone is you.”

  •  

    What circumstances could force a family to leave their home and possessions, and travel to another country?

  •  As you read, discuss the images. Make a list of the different places children must live.
  •  

    Imagine your parents told you that your family had to leave. Brainstorm a list of questions you would have and then determine your top five “must ask” questions.

  •  

    Millions of refugees leave their homes each year, looking for safer places to live. Research the countries from which refugees are escaping and the countries that generously receive them, and answer the question: “Why is it important to welcome refugees?”

  •  

    As the book is read aloud, discuss the people and the different places where they must live.

  •  

    What circumstances could force a family to leave their home and possessions to travel to another country?

  •  

    Imagine your parents told you that your family had to leave. Brainstorm a list of questions you would have and then determine your top five “must ask” questions. In light of the pictures, list some possible answers.

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    On the last page, the author says: “I hope someone smiles and says ‘Welcome home.’” On a safe search site, research the countries from which refugees are escaping and the countries that generously receive them, and answer the question: “Why is it important to welcome refugees?”

  •  

    Consider the two words, immigrants and refugees. Discuss their meanings and differences, and show your understanding in a graphic organizer.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Geography, History and Citizenship