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AriaBlue
When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson
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This part of the book is sad because as children we believe everything will be ok, but as we get older reality hits.

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amw40488
When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson
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This is such a valuable conversation in this novel. Differences don't equal incapabilities. Hassan is different than the other refugee kids because he can't speak, but his inability to speak doesn't make him helpless, as Jeri states. He is still valued and loved as a person, especially by Omar, because his differences shouldn't make him feel less than. I just think this is a special lesson for young readers to learn!

Alexa_Cussans I also loved this moment! I think it‘s essential for young reader to learn how to treat people with disabilities! 16h
AriaBlue Yes, I agree that differences don't make people helpless or incapable. This lesson shows young readers to accept people who are different from you. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. (edited) 2h
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amw40488
When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson
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I was so excited when I found out we were reading a graphic novel! As an English major, I've had to opportunity to read a few graphic novels for some of my classes and they always turn out to be my favorite stories from the course. Already, I'm loving how this graphic novel is capturing the expressions of the refugees and the landscape of the camp; having a visual representation of these things makes the story so much more immersive and personal.

AriaBlue Yes, I like how we can see everything in the story. The images are great at captivating the audience. (edited) 2h
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kristinsmoyer
When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson
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Family means everything to Omar in this book. He is dedicated to his brother Hassan, and though he and Hassan‘s lives are tragic, they are able to make it through hard times because of their love and care for one another. When Omar considers going to school, he is afraid to leave Hassan even briefly because he is traumatized by losing his mother and father. The picture of his old town being burned and the nightmares displayed in the image of the…

kristinsmoyer camp ground at night shows how traumatic displacement and homelessness can be, especially in regards to disrupting the family. This story reminds me of how crucial family is, whether biological or adoptive, in our ability to thrive as social and emotional creatures. (edited) 20h
amw40488 In a way, Omar's loyalty and devotion to his brother reminds me of Javier's experience with Patricia, Clara, and Chino in Soilto. The threat of being caught and being displaced from a real home terrified Javier and his found family, but their reliance on each other got them to the end. Similarly, it seems like Omar is willing to do just about anything to help his brother and protect him from the harsher realities of their life. 17h
kristinsmoyer @amw40488 so true!! Love this! 17h
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kristinsmoyer
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The author likes to juxtapose Omar and Samir‘s characters. While Samir is spontaneous, deceitful, and selfish, Omar is conscientious, honest, and introspective. He feels obligated to lead a moral life whereas Samir seems apathetic toward morality.

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kristinsmoyer
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Samir, the trickster on the Silk Road, seems to be confident in his ability to use charm to manipulate others into giving him monetary goods. While he seems confident, as the story continues, it becomes more evident his dishonesty has tarnished his feelings of satisfaction and happiness. He is not so in love with himself after all. Omar, the main character, notices Samir seems to “love and hate himself too much at the same time”.

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kristinsmoyer
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I really thought I‘d like this book, but I‘m struggling to pay attention while reading it. The character development seems shallow, and the humor sometimes falls flat, although I could see upper elementary schoolers liking the humor in this book. The plot is slow and, at least for me, doesn‘t flow well. However, maybe I am just experiencing burn out from reading so much and otherwise would like the book hahaha!

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Robotswithpersonality
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New favourite! A bit more silly, exuberant and emotional than the quaint, queer vibes of classic Frog and Toad tales, but if you are craving more slice of life among anthropomorphized woodland creatures this hits the spot. I really loved the arc for Badger, I think I felt every single emotion with Skunk, and then: CHICKENS! 🥰 The little orange chicken. 😍🥹 The idea of home, of sharing, of appreciation of space, of contributions, of hobbies, 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/2 of individual passions. I'm not skilled in determining the age threshold for reader comprehension; this is a 125 page book with a fairly large font and spacing, with a few pictures, but I think the way it tackles the roommate situation is a good lesson for all ages. And yes, of course, Jon Klassen art is pitch perfect. SO, so glad there's a second book! Dare I hope for more? 2d
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Robotswithpersonality
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Goals. 🚶🏼‍♂️🥧

dabbe #walksandpie 🩵💙🩵 24h
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Robotswithpersonality
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Ha! The only use of Chick Lit I will accept. 🐤