Design by Amber of Shelf Notes
Beyond the Borders
I never know when I am going to pick up a book and find that it just takes me a step further outside my own country or time and helped me to walk in the shoes of another. To some extent every book helps me to walk in the steps of another, as many characters have different viewpoints to my own. However in the last couple of years a few books that affected me powerfully were:
As I read this I realised I was growing up in another part of the world when the world that is presented in The Help was happening. It felt very foreign to me, yet spoke deeply of prejudice not only of race, but all kind of prejudice. It made me question my attitudes.
This was another book that opened my eyes to the hundreds of orphans carried by train across America. It made me so aware of the vulnerability of children and their dependence on adults to truly care for them. Once I had read the book I went online to find out more about this historical happening.
An extremely funny book, but it gave me the opportunity to look into the mind of someone who thinks in a different way, sees life differently and is socially challenged. I grew up with a fear of people 'different' to me, I would in my anxiety shy away. Reading about others has helped me relax. I was just thinking that today as I helped a small 5 year old autistic student into her high vision jacket as she prepared to hit the school yard to play. I enjoyed the small interaction and felt totally comfortable.