Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Where Will I Live?
Publish July 11, 2017
Where Will I Live?, written by Rosemary McCarney, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, is a poignant reflection on the meaning of home. The first-person narration cuts straight to the heart of the refugee crisis: “Sometimes scary things happen to good people. When soldiers fight or danger comes, families must pack their things and search for a safe place to live.” Haunting and arresting full-page photographs provide a glimpse into the lives of displaced children around the world. In Hungary, a child sleeps on a busy sidewalk, sheltered only by a thin blanket; in Lebanon, two siblings comfort each other as they ride in the back of a truck, surrounded by all of their family’s belongings; and in Iraq, adults and children struggle to walk across a barren desert.
The eloquent, immediate text is full of universal fears and questions: “Will I live under a carpet …”; “Will where I live be hot and dry?”; “Will I find one special buddy?” Despite the constant uncertainty, optimism for the future is also present. A child from Niger, with a shy, sweet grin, gazes directly at the reader and delivers the conclusive message: “I hope someone smiles and says ‘Welcome home.’ I hope that someone is you.” Moving, heart-wrenching, and timely, Where Will I Live? will spark much thought and conversation.
Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library. Her reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, School Library Journal and CM: Canadian Review of Materials. When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.
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