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German UNHCR review for Hallo!

“Humanity can hardly be put into words. It appears when we act, stand up for others. Hallo! shows what small gestures can mean for people on the run: the feeling of belonging and the hope for a better future.”

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SCBWI Summer Spectacular

This summer, Hollis attended the SCBWI online Summer Spectacular for children’s book writers and illustrators. A, of course, COVID-proof online conference featuring “The biggest end brightest stars in the children’s litarature galaxy”, with keynotes, panels and more. Great experience!

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First Australian review by @flisatfun on Instagram

“This counting book by Hollis Kurman with illustrations by Barroux is a poignant book that centres on themes of migration, refugees and inclusivity…Not only is this beautifully illustrated, it educates children in a number of ways and is a great addition to an inclusive bookshelf.”

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Editor’s Choice on Books for Keeps

“The warmth of the beautiful illustrations enhance the simple text enabling young readers to follow the journey of this refugee family and encouraging them to join in with counting… a gentle introduction to the plight of refugee children for the very young. It could provide the perfect starting point for conversations about this important topic in educational settings and at home.”

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Lovereading4kids review

“A beautiful and unusual counting book redolent with empathy and inclusivity. (…) …this is an outstanding example of how a deceptively simple picturebook can develop empathy and understanding. Highly recommended.”

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