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Lubna and Pebble

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  101 reviews
In an unforgettable story that subtly addresses the refugee crisis, a young girl must decide if friendship means giving up the one item that gives her comfort during a time of utter uncertainty.

Lubna's best friend is a pebble. Pebble always listens to her stories. Pebble always smiles when she feels scared. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna re
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Dial Books
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A beautiful, quiet story that addresses the refugee crisis with grace and dignity.
Just beautiful. My heartstrings haven't been tugged this hard by an inanimate object with a crudely-drawn face since Wilson kept Tom Hanks company on a deserted island.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Wow. A gripping story of coping and compassion.
Lubna's best friend is Pebble...she "found it on the beach when they arrived in the night." This is the sweetest, saddest story I've read in a long time. Put it on your list for discussions about refugees. There is a lot happening between the lines and in the deceptively simple illustrations (Daniel Egneus) that will open conversation with kids. We all need a small thing to love, that listens.
Aliza Werner
A humbling take on the refugee story. When Lubna and her father are displaced, she seeks comfort, stability, and belonging in a pebble she finds. I love all this represents. As a stone, shell, and sand collector myself, bringing a piece of the lands I visit home with me builds a strong connection for me back to those places. In a place that is only temporary for Lubna, she’s holds tightly to this constant.
Pebble, with its drawn-on eyes and smile, is Lubna’s best friend as they sailed to and arrived at the World of Tents (aka Refugee settlement). Even as her father keeps her close and warm and safe, Lubna keeps Pebble close, warm and safe. Between the two, she seems content. Pebble listens to Lubna’s stories with a comforting smile. Her father is a near constant: close-by, holding her, often smiling. His presence makes the loneliness of Amir’s arrival seem all the more stark.

When Amir arrives to t
Nick Swarbrick
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A moving account of a child’s experience of friendship in the transitory world of a refugee camp, this is a perfect book to explore a number of issues without seeming preachy, with a well-paced text and pictures that show the world from the right size for a small person to identify with. The little girl finds meaning in the pebble she adopts, and she makes a human friend, too, in the traumatised boy to whom she grows close. But what will happen when it’s time to move on?
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
simple, yet lovely.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Such a sweet story!
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Lubna opened her eyes, it was morning. They had landed in a World of Tents.

Lubna, a young refugee, finds comfort and security in a pebble-friend as she and her father navigate displacement. Then Amir, a little boy going through what Lubna already experienced, arrives.

You know how it's easier to be brave when helping someone else? That's how it is for Lubna with Amir. Pebble pulls friendship double-duty.

Stunning illustrations, nay Art, steal the show. Subtle story-telling. What more could
Stefanie Kellum
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Beautifully illustrated tale of refugee children coping through imagination
Kimberly Wright Oelkers
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Could I give this book 6 stars? Book about being a refugee from the child's point of view. This book made me cry. Loved it so much!
Sara Cook
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lubna's story is heartbreaking and her pebble brings her peace. A lovely story of all the ways we can help each other.
Jillian Heise
Beautiful and touching story to add to the collection on refugee experiences. A bit predictable in plot, but powerful nonetheless.
Nadine Rosendale
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
made me cry
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tears were definitely streaming down my face as I turned the pages of this at my desk.

Gorgeous illustrations, simple text, and a timely, beautiful message. One of my favorite picture books of the year, hands-down.
This beautifully illustrated story of friendship and sharing will really tug at heartstrings. But the stories of vulnerable people that have lost nearly everything, especially refugees fleeing from war and violence, really need to be shared. Young readers will certainly be able to relate to the little girl with her father, feeling scared and alone, and sharing those feelings with a friend. At first the girl finds a friend in a pebble, but then she finds a friend in Amir. Her friend, Amir, is str ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Lubna and her father reach the shore of a new home, she finds a pebble on the beach she becomes attached to. She tells her pebble everything, and Pebble becomes her closest friend. Lubna and Pebble is a beautiful story of how small things can bring us comfort in difficult times, and how we can pass on these comforts to others who need it, too. Gorgeous illustrations in calming colors.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I may have teared up at the desk while reading this.
Richie Partington
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Richie’s Picks: LUBNA AND PEBBLE by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egnéus, ill., Dial, March 2019, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-525-55416-5

“But I’m alright, I’m alright
I’m just weary to my bones
Still, you don’t expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home”
-- Paul Simon, “American Tune” (1973)

“Lubna’s best friend was a pebble. It was shiny and smooth and gray.
Lubna found it on the beach when they arrived in the night. Then she fell asleep in Daddy’s salty arms.
When Lubna opened he
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lubna and her father have come to a refugee camp. As they arrived, Lubna found a smooth pebble. Pebble becomes her closest friend as she and her father make a new home in the camp. Pebble listens to all of Lubna’s stories of the war and her family. Pebble’s drawn on eyes and smile are friendly even in the cold nights. Lubna’s father finds her a box and towel for Pebble, so Pebble is warm at night too. When Amir arrives at the camp, he won’t speak to anyone. But when Lubna shows him Pebble, he in ...more
Carol  Vanhook
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Moving to a new location or even fleeing to a new unknown, as in Lubna and Pebble, is frightening for a small child. Holding close to a loved one is a comfort for a child. Yet a child needs to experience a growing independence and sense of community, too. A child grows through play. And so when Lubna moves to a strange new place with her father, her child's play is with a found pebble in her new location. Given a pen and a small box, she creates a playmate to whom she can talk to...a pebble with ...more
Kate Hastings
Grades K-3. Lubna is a refugee who arrives in the middle of the night with her father and no possessions. She finds a rock on the beach and it becomes the friend she needs. A friend who can listen to everything she has seen and done. But then a boy joins the refugee camp and they become friends-- until the day good/sad news arrives. Lubna will have a home. But what does this mean for the boy? And for Pebble?

Stunningly illustrations capture this innocent picture of deeper, darker issues. Young ch
Jared White
Lubna and her father fled their country because of the war going on. When they first get off the boat, Lubna picks up a pebble from the shore and it's her first friend. At first they arrive and live at a refugee camp until they can find a better home.

This is a powerful and perfect book to open up a discussion with young ones as to why immigration is so important and why so many people "choose" to leave their homes, even if it's fleeing to a tent city. It's also a lovely story about friendship (L
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, and so moving - this one made me teary eyed in the end. Lubna arrives on shore, and adopts a pebble on the beach before moving into a refugee tent camp with her family (and Pebble). Eventually she also makes a friend with traumatized Amir, who she eventually passes Pebble on to when her family moves on - leaving Pebble to be a comfort to her friend. Well done, and in an age appropriate manner for young children, this is a great way to share or explain about refugee families with child ...more
A young girl's only best friend is her pebble, found on the beach as she gets off the boat with her father, fleeing from her country's war. What she does with the pebble is a loving thing. It gives to her; she passes it on, a true sacrifice. The illustrations fill the pages with the feelings of each day's happenings, surroundings, and memories, too. Her father keeps her safe and the pebble listens to her stories. It is a heartfelt book for all ages to read and realize how people face hard times ...more
Juliana Lee
When Lubna and her father arrive on a beach all alone, Lubna finds a smooth pebble. In the tent city, she finds a marker and draws a face on the pebble to keep her company. She tells her pebble all her thoughts and feelings. Then one day Lubna meets a boy named Amir. Amir is lonely too. He and Lubna play together under the stars. Soon her father tells her that they have a new home and will leave the next day. Lubna is excited and happy but her friend Amir is sad and lonely. Before she leaves, Lu ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lubna arrives on the beach with her father where she finds a pebble. The pebble provides Lubna comfort in their new home, a city of tents. She tells stories of her previous life to her pebble and even keeps it warm in the winter months. One day a boy, Amir, appears and she befriends him. When it is time for Lubna to leave, she knows just what to do to provide Amir with some comfort. Lubna and Amir's circumstances are heart-breaking, but their friendship is beautiful. This book ends on a hopeful ...more
Erin Buhr
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books
The simplicity and beauty of childhood soars off the pages of this book. A little girl finds a pebble and draws a face on it. The pebble becomes her best friend as she endures the uncertainty of life as a refugee with her father. When another little boy arrives at the World of Tents, the little girl's friendship and kindness is an ode to the kindness that can endure no matter the circumstances. An achingly lovely book about dislocation and childhood and life as a child refugee.
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