Milway, Katie Smith The Banana-Leaf Ball, illustrated by Shane W. Evans. PICTURE BOOK. Citizen Kid (Kids Can Press), 2017. $19
When Deo’s family fled their war-ravaged village, he had to leave behind his banana-leaf ball. Life in the refugee camp was tense and dangerous; Leo spent most of his time trying to survive. After a volunteer brings a real soccer ball to the camp and organizes play, Deo remembers his old ball and the kids in the camp bond over making and playing their new balls.
Based on a true story, the newest Citizen Kids book brings a new dimension to the lives of refugee children. The text on each page is rather wordy – this is not meant to be read by a child alone, but together with a teacher or other adult. It will be a very rewarding experience, especially in combination with a humanitarian project of some kind.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher