El color de la arena

Gr 2—4—"My grandfather says that the world is very big." So begins this book in which a boy describes his life in a refugee camp in the middle of the desert. The color of the sand is the color of his existence. His only glimpse beyond this world is through the stories that his grandfather shares with him about their people's previous lives. Color and paper were things that were commonly available and now are lost. Not understanding why things are the way they are, the child accepts them and makes do with what he has. His grandfather's tales spark his imagination, filling him with the hope to see what the man describes. This book is a wonderful introduction for children who have never met others who have been displaced from their homes. It creates an environment in which readers can relate to the thoughts and worries of this young boy. In the same manner, it introduces them to a whole new way of life. Beautifully written and complemented with harmonious art, this book not only pleases the eye, but also instills hope for the human spirit.—Verónica Corral, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC

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