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Multi-cultural Fiction

The Colour of Home
by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Karin Littlewood
(Frances Lincoln)
Hassan has recently arrived in the UK from Somalia and despite the best efforts of his teacher and classmates, he finds his first day at school overwhelmingly alien. When his teacher gives him paper and paints, Hassan creates a picture glowing with the colours of his family home. But then his work takes on other colours and features – those of destruction and death.
  The next day, helped by an interpreter, Hassan uses his painting to share with his teacher, something of the harrowing events leading up to his arrival in the UK. He tells of his sadness at the loss of so much that was dear to him – his cat, his Uncle Ahmed, his family home and his belongings, and of the ordeal he and his parents underwent on the long journey from war-torn Somalia. But, thereafter, Hassan begins to see a little brightness in his new ‘home’.
  For me at least, this powerfully moving tale (one that I know from experience is all too true for a good number of children in our schools) is all the more poignant in big book format. One hopes that it will help to bring a measure of empathy and understanding to all children and adults in UK schools. A ‘must have’ big book.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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The Mango Tree
by Jamila Gavin and Rhian Nest James
A story about a Pakistani family living in a British town. Grandma Moses misses sitting under the mango tree in her old home so the children and Grandpa set out to make her happy. Well told using 5/6 sentences per page with some direct speech.
KS1
12 pages    ISBN 0435138480

Gregory Cool
by Caroline Binch
(Frances Lincoln)
Gregory has always lived in Britain so, when he goes for a holiday with his grandparents in Tobago, he has trouble adjusting to a new way of life. A well-written story which leads naturally to work comparing different lifestyles.
late KS1/early KS2
32 pages    ISBN 0711215367
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