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Seeking Refuge by Irene N. Watts
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Seeking Refuge

by Irene N. Watts

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There is an interesting historical story hidden here, though the author and artist work really hard to obscure it.

First, the art is a murky gray throughout. It seems to be reproduced directly from the artist's pencils. She drew characters that are often little more than stick figures in the predominant mid-range shots, then turned her pencil on its side and rubbed and scribbled to fill in every white space, leaving only the occasional face or apron unsullied.

I assume the author is aiming this work at younger children, because she writes in that patronizingly simplistic way some people mistakingly think children's literature should be written. Our heroine is subjected to a string of bad foster parents and angelic helpers as she makes her way from Germany to London to Wales. The whole thing seems unnecessarily harsh on foster parents.

Anyhow, it was good to be provided vague insight into how the Kindertransport program and the evacuation of children from London worked and may have effected those involved. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
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A story of a girl escaping Nazi-occupied Austria alone and trying to settle in England without her family.

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