- xvi, 201 pages ; 24 cm.
- Contents: Introduction -- The refugee experience -- Children's literature about refugees -- Reader response and critical pedagogy -- A case study of two texts -- Two authors and an illustrator: Motivations and aims -- Teachers as mediators -- Children making meaning -- The 'enabling' teacher -- Listening to children's voices -- Conclusion and ways forward.Formerly CIP.Includes bibliographical references (pages 182-196) and index.Summary: "It could happen to anybody," observed one nine-year-old when her teacher read Beverley Naidoo's The Other Side of Truth to the class. Julia Hope explores ways of engaging in class with the growing field of children's books about refugees, and specifically with Naidoo's and, for younger children, Mary Hoffman's The Colour of Home . Fiction provides the perfect conduit for the experiences of refugees so that young refugee students feel their experiences are validated, and their peers come to understand their situation. As more and more people flee wars, violence and political oppression, this book gives teachers both pedagogical support and knowledge of the resources and shows how they can tackle this challenging topic. It is thus indispensable for educators of younger children, and for researchers who are interested in controversial children's literature. --Book Jacket.