About the Book: A small group of refugees is crowded onto a small boat on a rising sea. Clinging to hope, they share their stories as the boat travels uncertainly towards their dream of safety and freedom. Rami plays his precious violin and he tells his companions the story of how the first horse’s head violin was made - a story that resonates with their current plight. This lyrical tale is enhanced by Jo Weaver’s evocative, dreamlike illustrations.
Reasons for Selection: A Story Like the Wind is a powerful story about a human tragedy that affects many people living in different parts of the world and has affected many lives in the past. It deals with the effects of conflict on the lives of ordinary people and explores the motivation for refugees to travel great distances, often putting their lives in danger. The deceptively simple text is lyrical and elevates the plight about the individual to the universal. A story within the story is an allegorical representation of the main narrative. Jo Weaver’s illustrations are sublime and evoke empathy. A Story Like the Wind is a profound and appropriately challenging text for year 6. It is also a short text, which makes it ideal for rereading and rereading to develop depth of response.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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