The Refuge

The Refuge


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A story about finding refuge in a new friendship and a new home.

“There’s a new girl at school. She never stops looking up at the sky! She likes the stars and comets.”

Jeannette tells her mom about her new classmate, who also loves astronomy but seems sad. She realizes it’s not easy to move to a new place. So the next day, at recess, Jeannette asks Iliana to play.

At first, it’s a little hard to communicate because Iliana is learning a new language. The girls have to use their hands and their drawings. But they keep trying, and, soon, Iliana tells Jeannette about her difficult journey as a refugee who had to leave her country. Then their families meet, and Iliana’s parents share their story too. The girls’ friendship blooms, as limitless as the sky and their imaginations.

Originally published in France and brought to life with wonderfully expressive artwork, this is a book about sharing stories and finding refuge in friendship, family, and a new home.

Title:The Refuge
Edition Language:English
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    The Refuge Reviews

  • Tina

    This is a children's book. I loved the story and the pictures in this book. I won a kindle edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion. ...

  • Alex  Baugh

    Understanding the reasons why people flee their homes during a war and the hardships they face in places where they are often unwanted is difficult for kids to understand, leaving them unsure of what ...

  • Stacie

    As a parent and a substitute teacher, I love using books to help explain difficult or hard-to-understand topics. I especially like to use them if a situation arises that I think a book will do a bette...

  • Sandra Stiles

    This is the story of a young girl named Jeanette who meets a new girl at school named Iliana. Jeanette tells her parents the things she has learned about Iliana as their friendship grows. Iliana had l...

  • Danielle Hammelef

    Gorgeous illustrations inside to accompany the heartwarming tale of two girls becoming friends despite their language barrier. This book will introduce children to the fears and dangers other children...

  • Kathy Whitmore

    Beautiful. Love the design, the story, the nuance. ...

  • Kellee Moye

    This book is beautiful. It shows pure empathy for a young girl, and her family, who needs all love in the scary new situation she is in. Their journey was harrowing and being in a new place where they...

  • Franny Burd

    While I like the sentiment the author was trying to convey, I don't think it really worked. She talks about the issue without really talking about the issue, if that makes any sense. Some if the vocab...

  • Richard Propes

    There's a beautiful simplicity to "The Refuge," a June 1st children's release from French author Sandra le Guen and illustrator Stéphane Nicolet translated into English by award-winning translator Da...

  • Leighellen Landskov

    Oh sweet Mommas.If you are looking for a new bedtime story to read to your kiddos, I highly recommend The Refuge by @sandraleguen.autrice! The story is sweet and the artwork divine. This will be a qui...