The Colour of Home

The Colour of Home

Book - 2002
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Hassan, newly-arrived in England and feeling homesick, paints a picture at school that shows his old home in Somalia as well as the reason his family had to leave
Publisher: London : Frances Lincoln, 2002
ISBN: 9780711219915
Branch Call Number: JP HOFFMAN
Characteristics: 30 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Littlewood, Karin - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Color of home


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Jan 27, 2020

Terrific, realistic story about a Somali boy who is forced to immigrate away from war and to a classroom in the U.S. where he doesn't speak the language yet. He eventually works through things by painting. Highly recommend.

IndyPL_JosephL Feb 14, 2019

Full of dark, harsh, and depressing imagery that limits its intended audience, it is still wonderful to see a book tackle such a tough story without any reservations. Very little is left to the imagination as a young refugee boy struggles to express himself in his new, English-speaking school and ends up creating a painting about the home he left behind. Stories like these need to be told and it's good that this story does it so bluntly that it can't be ignored, even if that makes it inappropriate for some readers.

Jun 19, 2017

Excellent story , strongly recommend this book .

vpl_childrens Dec 09, 2015

A young boy named Hassan and his family left Somalia after his uncle was killed in the conflict there. They have resettled in England where Hassan struggles in his new school with classmates he cannot understand. A caring teacher and a translator help Hassan express his feelings through his paintings and he begins to adjust to his new life.


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