The light and colorful cover drew me to the book Migrant at the library- a sweet, rosy cheeked girl gazing up at a butterfly. The story is not light, but it is gentle. Anna is the daughter of a migrant Mennonite farming family from Mexico. They’ve come north to Canada for the harvest as they do every year. Anna is unsettled, unrooted, feeling sometimes like a bird and sometimes like a jackrabbit.
She wonders how it would feel to be a tree, staying put for season after season instead of being “like a feather in the wind.” Her family speaks Low German so she doesn’t always understand what’s being said around her. It’s a transient life. But it’s a sensitive and thoughtful story that can be very eye opening for children learning about a diverse population.
I’ve been trying to introduce more and more books to the kids about children around the world, their similarities and differences (at least to my four year old- my two year old just likes things to rhyme and be colorful). Another interesting one that we read is called Children Just Like Me: In Association With The United Nations Children’s Fund, which is a collection of photographs of more than 30 children all around the world with descriptions of their families, their homes, their schools, their toys, and their day to day lives. Their languages are different, their houses look different, or their clothes are different, but they also love dogs or reading or their little sister and in that we can relate. Both of these books have been a great introduction to social studies.
Have you found any wonderful books about diversity? I’d love to hear…