Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Two White Rabbits

Two White Rabbits

Millions of people must leave their country of birth and become
refugees. Some of them are very young children like the narrator of
Jairo Buitrago's Two White Rabbits. She and her father are on the
move. She has no idea where she's going, but you can tell she trusts
her dad.
Much of the story lies in the poignant contrast between her
innocent words and Rafael Yockteng's stark illustrations. When she
talks about travelling you see her and her father riding on the roof
of a train. When she says "...the people who are taking us don't
always take us where we're going" we see her father running from from
soldiers with guns, clutching her to his chest.
On a personal note, at the end of the book we are issued a challenge:
What do those of us who have safe comfortable lives owe to people who
do not? My answer is a lot. I have started plans for my church to
have a supper and silent auction to raise money to help refugees.
A great big shout out goes out to the travellers among us and those
who work to help them find safe homes.
Julia Emily Hathaway

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