Carry On began in a high school in Outremont, Quebec, where author and poet Simon Boulerice conducted creative-writing workshops for young newcomers to Canada. As the students began writing, their poems gave voice to their reflections on leaving family, friends, and countries of origin to make new homes and connections in their new home, Canada.
MY TAKE: The faces of 15 young people from all over the world are portrayed in stunning drawings. Study each and you will find the beginnings of a story. Each portrait takes up a full page and on the adjacent page is a poem, written with emotion, sorrow, and hope that they have after immigrating to a new country (Canada). They left the familiar and face the unknown.
The poems are short but all have a heartfelt component that give meaning to their upheaval. Here a few lines from some of my favorites:
I tossed out my twelve years (Dohee Kim/South Korea)
I had to abandon my friends and family (Olhin Natola/Philippines)
I have new friends to meet
As in a game of hide-and-seek (Valeriu Meleka/Moldova)
Immigration is heartache
But a lucky break too (Dowhoo Kim/South Korea)
What will Montreal be like?
Will I be accepted? (Tommy Zhang/Venezuela)
Like birds migrating
I am lost
Far away in a foreign land (Amir Reza Saeidi/Iran)
CARRY ON is a beautiful keepsake and provides understanding to the plight of those trying to make a new home. A great discussion starter for classrooms or at home.
(I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
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