Thursday, 30 March 2017

"Dust" By 'Save the Children' - collaborative book

About the Book: Dust - Save the Children

A beautifully illustrated book that sensitively looks at the themes of peace and social justice In a perfect world, this book would not exist. But we do not live in a perfect world. At any given moment of any given day, there are people dying from natural disasters over which we have no control. Beyond natural disasters we add disasters of our making, but even if we all learn to live in peace, there will still be millions of people who need help. the illustrators who have contributed to this startling book have all done so for free. 

These are our responses reading this book, to the themes and key messages. Some of us wrote paragraphs, some wrote poems. 


Children on the street-hands out pleading.
1st world countries, so greed ‘ing’
Skipping around, no care in the air.
So ungrateful when I’m in despair.

No realisation what so ever.
There are children like me around, haven’t lived-never.
Throwing away what they have to eat.
There is vultures preying for my meat.

Too weak to move.
Haven’t got the strength without some food.
Dead, seventy years to young.
Never fallen in love.
No chance-none.

The world has shut its eyes.
Lots of countries, no time for goodbyes.
No one really understands.
My ribs, so bendy, like rubber bands.

We spend our money to stay in an empty house.
Offering hospitality to those, how about.
The night so cold.
We are practically invisible.
Wrapped in sticks,my only warmth.
The only thing around me, my friend, a beetle.

My mother slowly dying.
I’m too weak to start crying.
People need to realise, to look with their eyes.
It’s like we’re not there, a tree in disguise.

“Dust” Key Messages and Themes

One of the key messages in dust is the line “I died last night” which explains that millions, maybe even more children are dying daily, of things that they shouldn't be dying for. Kids are getting slaughtered and sold just for the sake of it. Which I think is very wrong. All children should have a roof over their heads, food in their belly, and someone to love and care for them. But it’s sad to say that not many people have that luxury. In the book Dust it explains how this child died “seventy years to young” which shows he had no chance to fall in love to learn that “2 and 3 make five”. He didn’t even have the chance to have a name.



What have these countries become?
Food is for only some.
Heavy hunger looms,
Around those marooned.
No education,
Just isolation.
Children die,
Barely five, but why?
Emotional pain gathers in mother’s hearts.
Almost the end, scarcely started.
There are people, just like you and me,
But most of them can’t even be.

One of the key messages in Dust is starvation. Many millions of children are dying because they either don’t have the money for food, or live in a slum. This is very sad because we live in a country where we open up a pantry and food is overflowing. But the people the these third world countries have to sometimes walk miles to get a sip of water, or slice of apple, and that’s only if they’re lucky. So many children are dying before their fifth birthday, so the quote “I died seventy years to young” says in the book Dust. We need to help these people. There is so many articles of what is happening in these countries, and so many people know about it, yet do nothing. We have food, water, healthcare and a roof over our heads, but these people don’t, and are dying because of that.

“Dust” Save the children
Poem Response - Sarah
     One birth, one life, one death, Something we all get
Only some lives are at threat
Alone in the night, hands open wide
Hope is gone
“The walk’s too long”
Under the blazing sun
Drifting away                         
Wishing to live just one more day
But there's something we can't do
We need you.
Please help us
Before we are nothing but dust.

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