A Child Like You

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Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.62
Publisher
Crocodile Books
Publish Date
Pages
32
Dimensions
8.7 X 10.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781623717230

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About the Author

Na'ima B. Robert is a writer and campaigner. Celebrated for her memoir From My Sisters Lips (2005) she has written over twenty books for children and teens, and founded Sisters Magazine, of which she was editor-in-chief for ten years.

Nadine Kaadan is a Syrian illustrator, author and worker with refugee children. She is a dedicated champion of inclusivity in children's books, so that "every child can see themselves in a story". Her books include Tomorrow and The Jasmine Sneeze. She has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, was winner of the Arab British Centre Award for Culture in 2019, and was selected as one of the BBC's '100 Most Influential and Inspiring Women' of 2020.

Reviews

"Encouragement for the future leaders and caretakers of our planet inspired by four real-life youth activists. As Robert points out, "the world can be a scary place sometimes." Climate change is wreaking havoc on our environment, refugees make perilous journeys in search of a better life, many children from marginalized backgrounds are unable to see themselves reflected in literature, and young people feel uncertain and afraid. Despite these painful realities, the book points out several reasons to be optimistic. Young people are protesting, participating, imagining, and fighting their way toward a better future. The book visually depicts environmental activist Greta Thunberg, Syrian refugee and Olympian Yusra Mardini, #1000BlackGirlBooks founder Marley Dias, and child labor activist Iqbal Masih, though they aren't named directly until an endnote. Throughout, verses start with the refrain "somewhere, out there, / in the wide, wide world, a child like you"--which will spur young readers to make a difference. With watercolorlike blurring, Kaadan's illustrations give the blues and grays of the opening pages a somber appearance. Paler, brilliant blues give way to more color as the children work together and the world starts looking a little brighter. Rather than brushing over harsh realities, Robert and Kaadan acknowledge children's very real fears while empowering them and offering hope. Background characters are racially diverse. A meaningful call to action. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"A meaningful call to action ... Encouragement for the future leaders and caretakers of our planet inspired by four real-life youth activists. As Robert points out, 'the world can be a scary place sometimes.' Climate change is wreaking havoc on our environment, refugees make perilous journeys in search of a better life, many children from marginalized backgrounds are unable to see themselves reflected in literature, and young people feel uncertain and afraid. Despite these painful realities, the book points out several reasons to be optimistic. Young people are protesting, participating, imagining, and fighting their way toward a better future ... Rather than brushing over harsh realities, Robert and Kaadan acknowledge children's very real fears while empowering them and offering hope."
"This colorful picture book showcases four young people advocating for positive change ... readers learn that the characters are based on real-life Greta Thunberg, Yusra Mardini, Marley Dias, and Iqbal Masih, whose brief biographies provide some context for the main narrative's occasionally abstract visuals and text."---- Booklist