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June Book of the Month – Story Boat, by Kyo Maclear

When you have to leave behind almost everything you know, where can you call home? Sometimes home is simply where we are: here. A imaginative, lyrical, unforgettable picture book about the migrant experience through a child’s eyes.

When a little girl and her younger brother are forced along with their family to flee the home they’ve always known, they must learn to make a new home for themselves — wherever they are. And sometimes the smallest things — a cup, a blanket, a lamp, a flower, a story — can become a port of hope in a terrible storm. As the refugees travel onward toward an uncertain future, they are buoyed up by their hopes, dreams and the stories they tell — a story that will carry them perpetually forward.

ACTIVITY IDEA: Story stones

This is a nice activity that incorporates storytelling and exploring the outdoors and nature. Gather stones and draw or paint objects on them. Then ask your child to tell a story using the stones. You can define the number of stones to be used in the story, or use them all. Be creative!

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