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I'm buying PBs for a Sudanese refugee family that goes to my church. There are three kids; the eldest is in school, the others are still at home. Mom doesn't speak English real well, although she is taking an ESL class.

I want something with gorgeous/adorable illustrations that help tell the story (more than usual, because non-native speakers), and nothing too scary (because refugees).

Any ideas?
#1 - December 04, 2016, 01:08 PM
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I love the Flora books by Molly Idle. Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack, Goodnight Gorilla, Pool by JiHyeon Lee.
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Thanks, you guys! :thankyou
#4 - December 04, 2016, 02:24 PM
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SIDEWALK FLOWERS - acclaimed, award-winning and wordless by JonArno Lawson, illustrations by Sydney Smith. Perfect for ESL situations, and a lovely story told differently by each person who "reads" it.
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I second David Wiesner for wordless PBs! I love FLOTSAM and MR. WUFFLES (hilarious).
#6 - December 04, 2016, 05:22 PM
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I second Mr. Wuffles!

Also, The Red Book, a Caldecott Honor Book by Barbara Lehman, is a great wordless picture book. Here's a blurb from Amazon on it. Seems like a great book for refugee children.

This book is about a book. A magical red book without any words. When you turn the pages you’ll experience a new kind of adventure through the power of story. Winning a Caldecott Honor for its illustrations of rare detail and surprise, The Red Book crosses oceans and continents to deliver one girl into a new world of possibility, where a friend she’s never met is waiting. And as with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over.
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The Arrival by Shaun Tan might hit too close but take a look at it. It's gorgeous.

I also like the Max and Ruby books by Rosemary Wells.

And Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.

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Oh, these are great--thank you! And Schriscoe, THE RED BOOK sounds especially promising--thanks.

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Katie made a boo-boo?  :eh2
#9 - December 05, 2016, 10:10 PM
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Katie,

I'm thinking that if English is a bit iffy in this household, why not gift them with some great early readers? Easier for the parents to read than some picture books, and maybe the kids can learn to read at the same time. I'd recommend something that does not rhyme, though. Your local Target/B&N would be chock full of great possibilities. And book sellers would be able to recommend, too.
#10 - December 06, 2016, 04:49 AM
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That's a great idea, JodyJS! Thank you.
#11 - December 06, 2016, 11:32 AM
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THE RED BOOK sounds especially promising--thanks.


You are very welcome Katie!

Oh! That is a wonderful idea, Jody!
#12 - December 06, 2016, 11:38 AM
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#13 - December 06, 2016, 12:45 PM
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