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What Is a Refugee?

By Elise Gravel
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (2019)
ISBN: 978-0593120057
Product Size: 7.9 x .4 x 9.6 inches

An accessible picture book that oh-so-simply and graphically introduces the term “refugee” to curious young children to help them better understand the world in which they live.

Who are refugees? Why are they called that word? Why do they need to leave their country? Why are they sometimes not welcome in their new country? In this relevant picture book for the youngest children, author-illustrator Elise Gravel explores what it means to be a refugee in bold, graphic illustrations and spare text. This is the perfect tool to introduce an important and timely topic to children.


“Bold lines, saturated colors, and expressive faces serve to emphasize the human cost of displacement. Gravel’s strength is her ability to humanize this topic.” —Booklist

“Effective and compassionate…. With simple text and vibrant illustrations, this picture book introduces young readers to refugees as ‘people, just like you and me.’” —School Library Journal

“Manages a rather titanic feat of humanizing an overwhelming humanitarian crisis for young audiences with a direct, no-frills text that avoids euphemisms but maintains accessibility. The illustrations are similarly kid appropriate.”  —Bulletin