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My Name Is Not Refugee

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A young boy discusses the journey he is about to make with his mother. They will leave their town, she explains, and it will be sad but also a little bit exciting. They will have to say goodbye to friends and loved ones, and that will be difficult. They will have to walk and walk and walk, and although they will see many new and interesting things, it will be difficult at ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 4th 2017 by The Bucket List
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L.H. Johnson
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this increasingly complex and difficult world we live in, I've been looking for books that help to explain and support younger readers. They have often proven of immense value to myself and the dual appeal of texts like this to both adult and child cannot be ignored. Step towards children's books if you're struggling to find answers; there's something to be said for the pure poetics and the stylistic truths that can exist in this space.

I was delighted to come across My Name Is Not Refugee,
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Suad Shamma
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, own, favourites
This book may be aimed at children, but I believe the words and content are so powerful in their simplicity that even adults would do well to read this. That is not to say that Kate Milner is "simplifying" the refugee crisis in any way, shape or form. Not at all. On the contrary, I believe she has succeeded in shedding light at a situation that is absolutely horrific and nightmarish and giving us a glimpse at how parents with children deal with it.

No one wants to be in their shoes, and no one t
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Zahrah Al-Merei
An emotive story detailing the journey of a refugee family through the eyes of a child, this story is worthy of all the praise it has received! The story gives children a view into what life is like for a refugee, but also empowers refugee children, encouraging them to not be defined by by their status. I also loved the directed questions, as this draws the reader further into the story, and can be useful for teachers to use in class discussions on the book. The beautiful illustrations also allo ...more
Pippa James
A sensitive book to address the current refugee crisis. An educational book for children to go on a journey with the characters and answer questions refugees may need to consider.
Mehsi
A beautiful book with a wonderful message.

I was instantly in love with the cover, the art on it was pretty. It still took me a bit before I actually read it though. Nothing against refugees, I am happy that we can give these people a chance for a safe life, a happy life. But there is just SO MUCH about refugees, books about them (from picture books to YA), or authors just moving refugee characters in their books. At first I was quite interested in reading these books, but after months of seeing
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Ellen Chard
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ks2
We enjoyed this book, it gave a positive insight initially into a refugee and their journeys, with the photos providing good stimulus for discussion. In terms of the implied reader, we felt that children reading this would need to have a prior knowledge of what a refugee is and what this terminology means. They might even have to have an insight into why they would be moving away in order to gain a better understanding of the emotions.

The main themes in this book are attachment, loss, journeys
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Rosie Potter
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely, emotive book, which again gives a face to the real crisis happening in our world. My favourite line has to be at the end, "You'll be called Refugee, but remember, Refugee is not your name". This book has really simple illustrations, which almost make you focus on the words more, and leaves you room as the reader to interpret the book any way you like. This book could definitely be read to the younger years, but you would just have to be careful about the questions that you pose to the ...more
Mathew
What happens when you are forced from your home? What would you take? What kind of places would have have to live in to survive? Why must you never let your parents out of your sight? This story told in first person narrative from the perspective of a young boy as they travels across borders, past camps to a safer place. Milner purposefully keeps the places and people muted and culturally open as she is telling the story of not one family but that of millions who have been displaced from their h ...more
Luna
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
My name is not Refugee is written and illustrated by Kate Milner. The story is about a young boy who is told by his mother that they have to leave their home because it’s not safe anymore. Each page chronicles their journey as they leave, travel and eventually find a safer place to stay.

One of the most effective illustrations for me was the one of the boy and his mum joining the line of endless people waiting.

Another thing I thought was great was how so many pages has a question for the reader;
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Charlotte Bartley
A thought-provoking read. A suitable book to be read as part of a shared reading experience with the whole class.
Christina Reid
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
RTC!
Imogen T
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ks1
This is a fantastic and moving book. It shows how refugees have become what they are. It challenges how we think about refugees and how they must feel. This book allows for drama activities to help children put themselves in the shoes of a refugee, although it is important to make sure this will not negatively effect some children. The illustrations play a massive role in this story due to the use of very light and bleak colours, which reflect the life of the refugee child in the story. As this ...more
naz
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"They will call you Refugee but remember Refugee is not your name."

Feel like this should be everywhere (especially at the moment), in every school and public library. It's an almost innocent outlook on the refugee experience, and it focuses on a mother telling her child what it's going to be like leaving behind their old life in search of safety. It touches on some of the more difficult points of immigrating i.e. "We'll sleep in some strange places." but ends on a positive and hopeful note, and
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Beth Pollard
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Name is Not Refugee deals with a sensitive and current issue in a thought-provoking yet easy-to-understand way. I think the questions are great additions that enable you to reflect on the different challenges that come with seeking refuge. However, I also think the illustrations offer a lot in terms of further discussion,and perhaps because of the questions that Milner uses, the detail in the illustrations could be overlooked - but that depends on how the individual reads the book.
Although, M
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Renee
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ur town is not safe for us anymore, my mother told me." This first line is the reader's initiation into the beginning of a child refugee's life of displacement. The words are simple and clear. A refugee child is so much like all of our children. I read almost in tears imagining my own having to experience the path this picture book shows - of losing the familiar and braving a new world full of discomforts and strange things while trying to hold on to one's identity.
Excellent entry point to intr
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Andy Hickman
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
“My Name Is Not Refugee” by Kate Miller

Great little book giving a conceptual grasp of the plight of a child refugee. ****

“We'll have to say goodbye to old friends.
You can pack your own bag, but remember, only take what you can carry.”

What would you take?

“We'll say goodbye to our town.
It will be a bit sad but quite exciting too.”

“You'll be called Refugee but remember Refugee is not your name.”
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Olivia Tosti
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story that I think even adults should read! The refugee crisis explained in a simple yet emotional way. The questions in the book would be amazing starter questions at getting children to think what it would be like to try and fit all your belongings in one bag! Ordered on amazon as this will be timeless.
Shaima
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
في زمن الحروب وان كانت لا تمسنا بشكل مباشر ، لابد للطفل أن يفهم ليتعاطف مع ما يحدث لطفل آخر في ظروف سيئة . الكتاب يستحق القراءة والمناقشة ، إنه يدعو للامتنان لكل ما نحظى به ، ويدعو للتعاطف مع ( اللاجئين) بدلا من الشفقة
Sarah Smith
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! There is so much you could explore with children around the topic of refugees and current affairs whilst remaining at a child-friendly level. The pictures are exquisite and provide a fantastic opportunity for discussion.
Haya ald56
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really love this book it’s teach me how’s it empathy is important
Engel Dreizehn
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very recommended as an introduction to young kids with a "human" perspective on the refugee crisis and how kids the same age as them are feeling.
Izzy Doyle
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: refugees, culture
A beautiful book
Adynah
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking. Narrated from the voice of a mother who must flee her country with her young son.
Megan Staunton
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This children's book should be mandatory reading for all.
Alyssa
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book to have in everyone’s home or classroom
Becky Quigley
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated, relevant book.
However, I enjoyed it more than my six and seven year old kids.
Hannah Higson
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
bit odd - but interesting
Andrew
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The story follows a small boy who is told by his mother that they have to leave their home, because it's no longer safe. There, we follow their story as they leave, travel, wait and then find a safer place to stay and live.

This book explains the refugee crisis in a simple, very child-friendly way. Almost with an innocent outlook of a young child which shows that, while this is scary and "...a bit sad but quite exciting too" (taken from one of the earliest pages).
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