Street Children

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This sensitive portrayal tells the real-life stories of six courageous children and their families who live and work on the streets in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Guatemala. These resourceful, resilient and optimistic children and families talk about their pasts, their present lives and their hopes for the future.

With colour photographs by the author, and illustrations, these poignant stories come from the author of the ground-breaking Refugee ...

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Overview

This sensitive portrayal tells the real-life stories of six courageous children and their families who live and work on the streets in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Guatemala. These resourceful, resilient and optimistic children and families talk about their pasts, their present lives and their hopes for the future.

With colour photographs by the author, and illustrations, these poignant stories come from the author of the ground-breaking Refugee Diary series.

Books for Keeps review of Street Children ? 5 stars

?These stories of the lives of six street children and two families ... are often heart-breakingly sad... But what shines through is the resilience and courage these young people show however difficult their circumstances.?

Praise for the Refugee Diaries:

??Truly remarkable? ? Scholastic, Best Books ?

?...simply told and beautifully illustrated.... it will act as a springboard and provide stimulus for discussion on the plight of refugees throughout the world.? ? School Librarian ?

USBBY Outstanding International Books Scholastic Best Books of the Year

Scholastic Best Books of the Year

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
11/01/2014
Gr 1–3—Despite the title, this photographic account focuses on children in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Guatemala. The book starts off by emphasizing that the work's subjects either live on the streets or spend time there working, returning home occasionally. They were contacted through charities (Streets Ahead and Safe Passage) that help young people find homes. The kids relate their stories in their own words, and though their lives are challenging and often painful, the brief, concise text isn't graphic (Ana Elizabeth, an 11-year-old living in Guatemala, on her experiences: "Sleeping on the streets is scary. Mum tries to stay awake, but it's still bad until the sun comes up."). Photographs and illustrations depict the children and the conditions under which they've been living in an equally age-appropriate manner. Back matter includes information on how many street children are living in different countries worldwide. With few books available on this particular topic, this title is a solid addition.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-27
A photo essay with supplementary illustrations introduces readers to eight children who live on the streets in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Guatemala. Chippo, a 9-year-old from Zimbabwe, runs away from a house where she is enslaved. Miguel in Mozambique, age 13, spends some time on the city streets and some in a town with his older brother. A Guatemalan street family's story is more hopeful. Their mother has found a way to earn money and has rented an apartment. In his introduction, the author delineates among these examples and others: children who live on their own on the streets, children who work on the streets (yet may spend some time with their families) and children who are part of street families. Robinson has photographed young people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Guatemala with the help of local organizations. Their websites are included opposite the title page, but there is no bibliography or other notes, save for a world map and chart with 2004-2008 figures supplied by UNICEF. Amateurish sketches illustrate the first-person texts, but they detract from the book's power rather than enhance the reality. The speech balloons that introduce each child are distracting. This important topic would better be explored in greater detail in a format more appropriate for older readers and with greater geographical representation. Despite its limitations, this well-meaning book may help to inculcate social awareness in the children who read it. (Nonfiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847804341
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,324,222
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

June Allan has illustrated many children's books. She lives in Edinburgh, U.K.

Author and teacher Anthony Robinson is keen to give a voice to the voiceless, be they refugees who have fled their own countries, children living normal lives in vastly different cultures, or children living in difficult circumstances. He lives in Cambridge, U.K.

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