Night on the Sand

Night on the Sand
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August 16, 2022
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In a tender tale of community and resiliency, two brothers who become refugees find hope in their bond with each other and through their connections with the people they encounter.
“We were not alone,” is the refrain of this moving picture book that encourages empathy and acts of generosity while celebrating the power of human connection.

A little boy looks to his big brother for guidance after a disaster levels their city. Together, the boys journey to a sheltering beach, where they are welcomed by fellow survivors.

Absorbing the warmth of the new community, they begin to help others and to regain a steadying sense of hope. An author’s note includes information about how to help refugees.

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Understanding Disasters for the Very Young
(Updated: November 03, 2022)
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Two boys are awoken in the night to their house collapsingin a disaster. Not being able to find their parents, they go away from their home towards the beach, where they sleep on the sand with others who have been displaced. They only have an orange and a blanket between the two of them, but they have each other and huddle together for warmth and companionship. In the morning, others help by lighting fires, cooking what little food there is, and sharing limited supplies amongst themselves. When a boat arrives at the beach, they board and head off, since they cannot fo home. And author's not indicates that this does not reflect on a specific crisis, but is meant to help children understand the experiences of the many people who are displaced by war and storms across the globe.
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The water color illustrations soften the blow of the terrible incidents while also giving a dark, impressionistic view of the catastrophe the boys face with their home. The beach is somewhat more focused, and when day dawns, a bit brighter. The faces show deep emotions through simple lines, and there is a universal quality about the background, clothing, and other details that help align the pictures with the global view of disasters.

This would be an excellent book to have on hand when young children see the news about various disasters and have questions about how they affect children like them. Deedy's Wombat Says Come In offers a slightly different perspective on disaster and interpersonal connection while Nichol's Dear Wild Child: You Carry Your Home Inside You offers a helpful understanding of loss.
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