Escape: One Day We Had to Run by Ming & Wah, illustrated by Carmen Vela

Published by Lantana Publishing

Escape : Ming & Wah : 9781911373810
Escape: One Day We Had to Run . . . by Wah, Ming &, Vela, Carmen - Amazon.ae

Summary:  “Escape (verb) – To avoid a threatening evil”: that’s the definition given on the title page.  Each spread has another verb–cling, defy, swim–with a story of refugees escaping danger.  Yusra and Dara Mardini cling to their boat as  they escape from Syra; Yusra goes on to swim for the Refugee Olympic Team in 2016.  Chinese diplomat Dr. Feng Shan Ho defies orders and issues over 4,000 visas to Jews escaping Germany during World War II.  Chan Hak-chi and Li Kit-hing swim for six hours through shark-infested waters in a typhoon to make it from mainland China to Hong Kong.  Each story is accompanied by a somewhat abstract illustration showing the escape.  Includes Articles 13 and 14 from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a link for more information.  40 pages; grades 2 and up.

Pros:  Each story is brief and compelling, making it a gripping read-aloud for older elementary or middle school kids.  The brief text, abstract illustrations, and even slightly mysterious authors (identical twins known simply as Ming & Wah) add an air of suspense that is perfect for the topic.

Cons:  I definitely wanted to know where I could find out more information about every one of the stories.

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