The Little Refugee…

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This week we reread ‘The Little Refugee’ and discussed some of the feelings Anh Do may have felt growing up in Vietnam, travelling by boat to Australia, starting at a new school, finding friends and becoming class captain. The grade twos impressed us immensely with the list of ‘feeling’ words they were able to come up with. This true story has left an impression on our grade twos…

 

Here’s just some of the words they used… poor, grateful, happy, playful, positive, hopeful, thankful, scared, worried, terrified, negative, afraid, nervous, frightened, hungry, thirsty, shy, sad, different, miserable, teased, bullied, anxious, nervous, strange, embarrassed, heart broken, lonely, awkward, disappointed, kind, polite, confident, amazed, friendly, cheerful, funny, enthusiastic, excited and proud.

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The Little Refugee…

The Little Refugee by Anh and Suzanne Do and illustrated by Bruce Whatley

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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.

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