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My name is Not Refugee
Written and illustrated by Kate Milner
The Bucket List £6.99
"We have to leave this town, my mother told me, it's not safe for us, she said." And so begins a humbling insight into the reality of having to uproot yourself, without any idea of what will lie ahead for you, or of where and how and when your journey will end.
This stark situation, with its unknown challenges, is shocking, incredibly sobering and immensely touching when unavoidably imposed upon one who is no more than a toddler with just a simple rucksack-cum-pillow, clutching a much-loved soft toy. How many others in the world are in a similar predicament right now?
The questions emblazoned in blue, amidst aptly muted illustrations, are provoking and poignant due to their honest, innocent pertinence. "You'll be called Refugee but remember Refugee is not your name", Mother reminds - for our name is really all that we have, and our identity is our strength and is priceless. Told through the eyes of a young child, this is a powerful and extremely moving picture book.