The Little Refugee by Anh and Suzanne Do and illustrated by Bruce Whatley
The Little Refugee was adapted from The Happiest Refugee especially for children. Anh wrote this picture book with his wife Suzanne.
It tells the uplifting and inspiring childhood story of one of Australia’s favourite personalities. The Little Refugee provides a wonderful means of sharing his story with a younger audience and in highlighting the refugee experience.
The simple language and the use of details which children connect with – the fear of being in a leaky boat out at sea, the humour in his younger brother dressed as a girl, the difficulties of making new friends and the pride of being chosen as school captain, tells Anh’s story of escaping Vietnam and growing up in Australia.