"It could happen to anybody," observed one nine-year-old when her teacher read Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth to the class. Julia Hope explores ways of engaging in class with the growing field of children’s books about refugees, and specifically with Naidoo’s and, for younger children, Mary Hoffman’s The Colour of Home. Fiction provides the perfect conduit for the experiences of refugees so that young refugee students feel their experiences are validated, and their peers come to understand their situation. As more and more people flee wars, violence and political oppression, this book gives teachers both pedagogical support and knowledge of the resources and shows how they can tackle this challenging topic. It is thus indispensable for educators of younger children, and for researchers who are interested in controversial children’s literature.
|Publisher:||Stylus Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Julia Hope is a Lecturer in Primary Education and a specialist in children’s literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Table of Contents
Introduction1. The refugee experience2. Children’s literature about refugees3. Reader response and critical pedagogy4. A case study of two texts5. Two authors and an illustrator: Motivations and aims6. Teachers as mediators7. Children making meaning8. The ‘enabling’ teacher9. Listening to children’s voices10. Conclusion and ways forwardAppendix: List of children’s literature about refugeesReferencesIndex