Lubna and Pebble addresses the refugee crisis and helps explain to young readers what it means to lose your home and friends, wonder about where you will live, and wait for change in an uncertain world. When sharing Lubna and Pebble, be prepared to help students understand what a refugee is and what their life is like. As they better understand, students will likely be ready to offer their help. Help them conduct research to learn what is needed to help in your community or globally. Get them to keep in mind that, like Lubna, one of the simplest things they can do is to be kind and compassionate to others. Students can also:
Where is Lubna living? Why are she and her father living there?
What do you notice about Lubna and her thoughts and feelings? What does Lubna notice about Amir?
Should Lubna have given Pebble away? Why do you think Lubna gave Pebble to Amir? What do you think Amir will do with Pebble?
When you notice that someone is feeling bad, what do you do?
What does it mean to you to be a good friend?
9 Strategies for Cultivating Empathy and Compassion in Your Classroom from the Institute for Humane Education
Simple Acts: Help change the way we see refugees, and ourselves from Refugee Week
Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes
Marwan’s Journey by Patricia de Arias
My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Still a Family by Brenda Reeves SturgisMore
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