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I'm called an asylum seeker, but that's not my name. A little girl and her mother have fled their homeland, making the long and treacherous journey by boat to seek asylum. Timely, powerful and moving, Out celebrates the triumph of the human spirit in the darkest times, and the many paths people take to build a new life.
The words by author Angela May George are a gentle and poignant portrayal of the asylum seeker experience, told from an unnamed and unknown girl's point of view. The textured illustrations by Owen Swan are deliberately rough to show that the experience of the dispossessed is not neat and comfortable.
Out is a story that needs to be told... and is done so, beautifully, by storyteller Pia Miranda.
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Story Box Library is a subscription based educational website, created for children to view stories by local authors and illustrators, being read aloud by fantastic, predominantly Australian and New Zealand, storytellers. It was born out of a need for children to experience and make personal connections with stories and voices.
Reading aloud to children, in particular by diverse and engaging storytellers, greatly improves language and literacy skills, especially in the early years of a child’s development. Sadly, studies show that many children are not read to frequently enough.
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