Refugee and Migrant Narrative in Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq

By Seemi Aziz, University of Arizona

baddawi_coverIn Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq, Ahmad, a struggling young boy raised in a refugee camp called “Baddawi” in North Lebanon, tries to find himself and his identity growing up in a place he cannot call home. His is the story of just one of the many thousands of refugee children born in Palestine who fled or were forced to leave their homeland after the war in 1948 and the establishment of the state of Israel.
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Refugee and Migrant Narrative in Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

By Seemi Aziz, University of Arizona

Echo by Pam Munoz RyanEcho by Pam Muñoz Ryan is a poignant story about the journey of a magical mouth harp (harmonica) through time and space. The masterful enmeshing of timeless fairytale and historical reality binds this powerful text into a strong narrative that highlights world events, prejudice, and social class distinctions. It all begins with Otto, who is lost in a jungle and found by three sisters bound by a witch’s curse. Otto promises to break the curse by taking the harmonica out to the world. The harmonica, through its magical music, tangibly joins three children who are separated by place and the curse is lifted, freeing the three sisters.
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Refugee and Migrant Narrative In No Safe Place by Deborah Ellis

By Seemi Aziz, University of Arizona

No Safe Place by Deborah EllisThe plot of No Safe Place (2010) by Deborah Ellis is well-executed. The story follows the journey to freedom of three undocumented immigrant children who struggle to reach the shores of England where a British orphan joins them after he is released from the bounds of an oppressive uncle. These children are: Abdul from Baghdad, Cheslav from Russia, Jonah from England, and the only female, Rosalia, a Romani. The character development is also well-done. Ellis depicts a rich cultural background of the countries and distinct circumstances of each character. This story begins in France, culminates in England and provides a fine description of the traumatic lives many immigrants lead in France.
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Recent Refugee and Migrant Narratives in Picturebooks and YA Novels

By Seemi Aziz, University of Arizona

World populations relocated to varied geographical areas throughout history and time. Such movement contributed to the United States of America and its place of power in the world. The recent significant global impact of large bodies of refugee populations and forced movements of Mexicans and Muslims to U.S., Europe and other Western nations is at the forefront of national and international news and politics. One cannot turn on the TV or visit an Internet or social media site and not find a reference to these emigrating populations.

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STORY in Storying Studio

by Prisca Martens, PhD, Towson University

STORY in Storying Studio is used as a verb as well as a noun. In addition to being a narrative, story/storying as verbs mean to compose by weaving together meanings in writing and art as in picturebooks. Children don’t write and illustrate; rather, they story. Story as a verb refers to the multimodal process of composing meaning in writing and art.

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EXPLORE in Storying Studio

by Prisca Martens, PhD, Towson University

EXPLORE in Storying Studio is a time when children play with ideas and concepts by getting inside of them. They experiment with making meaning as authors and/or artists do, using drawing or concepts discussed in minilessons.

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READ in Storying Studio

by Prisca Martens, PhD, Towson University

In Storying Studio children learn that readers not only read written text, they read art. They consider how/why artists make particular decisions about color, shape, etc., similar to how/why authors make particular decisions about word choice, sentence structure, etc., when writing written text. We create text sets around particular themes, topics, or art concepts on which the teachers want to focus in the minilessons.

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Drawing Stories, Writing Pictures: Reading and Composing Multimodally in Storying Studio

by Prisca Martens, PhD, Towson University

Story BoxPicturebooks convey stories in both written text and pictorial text (art), with both texts being essential to telling the story (Kiefer, 1995; Sipe, 1998). The art has meanings or perspectives not offered in the written text just as the written text has meanings/perspectives not available in the art. When no written text is present, the story is told only through the art. Typically these books are referred to as Read More »

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When Wishes Go Very, Very Wrong

by T. Gail Pritchard, PhD, University of Arizona

Unhappy_KidWhat do you wish for—Love? Health? Happiness? Friendship? Sometimes the wishes are for yourself, your family, a specific person, or even the world. This week’s blog takes a look at wishes made and wishes gone awry, from wanting a friend to make the basketball team to wanting to be liked. In each case, something goes wrong Read More »

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One Wish, Two Wish, Three Wish, More . . .

by T. Gail Pritchard, PhD, The University of Arizona

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Most of us have thought about what we would do if granted wishes and like Tanya in One Wish (Harrison, 2016), we are wish savvy—we know we must be careful about what we wish. However, not everyone is careful with their wishes . . . Read More »

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