Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Mina Belongs Here - a bookwrap



Mina Belongs Here

Authored by Sandra Niebuhr-Siebert

Illustrated by Lars Baus


* Reading Age:  4-8 years

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Length:  40 pages

* Publisher:  Floris Books

* ISBN-10:  1782508112

* ISBN-13:  97-1782508113

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

'This tender, lyrical text brings to life moments that many immigrants will recognize... A visually engaging, rose-colored exploration of the immigrant experience.' —Kirkus Reviews

'The illustrations interweave seamlessly with the story, becoming more and more colourful as Mina's ability to communicate and her sense of belonging grow.' —Five Books

'The illustrations are simple yet subtly complex, adding additional details to the story.' —School Library Connection

'The illustrations stretch and adapt with the storyline – muted and monochrome when Mina is struggling to find her place in this new environment; bold, bright, enchanting and expressive when her understanding grows. The mesmerising colours and the beautifully crafted dialogue are a perfect match.' —Sienna's Little Library

Unwrapping Some Illustrations

The Book

What a lovely, timely book this is.  The illustrations tell a story all on their own.  They stretch and highlight the events in Mina's life as she grows and settles into her new homeland and school.  They begin by being monochrome when wee Mina is trying hard to find her place in her new environment and then become vibrant, colourful and more engaging to the reader as her placement becomes a happy reality.  I personally loved the dream scenes full of detail and imagination.  Perfect!

Attending kindergarten for the very first time is scary in itself, but being new to the country and not knowing the language, only your name, can be terrifying!  Slowly Mina learns the vocabulary needed to interact with her peers and her teacher.  She gains self-confidence and finally feels she belongs.  I love the ending when Mina reaches out to another new student, Tarek,  and makes him feel welcome too!  

This is a lovely book and I highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Sandra Niebuhr-Siebert is an eminent professor, linguist, and children's author from Germany, and her career has included speech therapy and teaching at numerous universities. She currently works at Clara Hoffbauer University, Germany. Sandra is the honorary head of the reading jury for the KIMI seal, for diversity in children's books. Mina Belongs Here is her first children's picture book, inspired by extensive research into multilingualism in childcare and educational settings. Sandra lives in Potsdam, Germany, with her two daughters and their pets.


About the Illustrator

Lars Baus is an illustrator from Bavaria, Germany. He studied illustration and animation at the MΓΌnster Academy of Art. Lars has worked as a graphic designer and a freelance illustrator and is the illustrator of several children's books. He lives with his family in MΓΌnster.

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