Islandborn is a book about self identity through culture. In her classroom children come from all over. The teacher assigns the students to talk about where they come from. Except Lola does not remember her Island.
To get an idea of where she comes from she asks everyone around her. They tell her all about the wonderful aspects of where they are from. Lola then begins to wonder why they ever left if their island is so perfect. Yet, one older gentleman in her community tells her about "The Monster." The specifics of what this is is not gone into. I feel that this is appropriate for the audience, but also helps this book to be more relatable to all children who immigrated from another country.
I love that Lola learns that she never has to visit a place for it to still be apart of her. I also love that she learns that places can be amazing even if they have a monster side. I also love that the author wrote this in a way to connect to all children who move countries. However, it is also a perfect read for children (and adults) who still live in their country of origin to help them to understand this connection.
The pictures were also bright and beautiful. They went well with the writing to make a great story.
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