[…] It is not possible to understate the importance of fostering historical curiosity and perspective in young readers.  Equally critical that those readers be drawn, as early as possible, toward an understanding of unfamiliar cultures and experiences – and provided with the insight that regardless of the diversity of our backgrounds, we are all exposed to the pains of loneliness and separation, the confusions of foreign custom and language, the comforts of friendship, and the shared capacity for compassion and discovery.  And it is no less essential to inspire the growth of young readers into lifelong readers.  These two books represent impressively positive steps toward those goals. – Neil MacRae, Roverarts […]