Lubna and the Pebble is a tiny bit romantic, but it is a lovely story about a special friendship that grows into a second special friendship that turns into a third special friendship.
Lubna is a refugee child living in the World of Tents. She, her father and brothers, live in uncertain times, so when Lubna finds a rock, she makes it her special friend. One that she tells all her secrets too. One that gives her comfort when there is little around. But when another lost child comes to the World of Tents, Lubna finds that she too, can be someone’s rock.
Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus blended their talents of poetic text and unique illustrations to paint a world that is all too real for too many people, and one that I could never begin to imagine. To be torn from your home (for whatever reason: war, natural disaster, religious persecution) and forced to live in a “tent city”. While Egneus’s both realistic and smidgen abstract illustrations create a flowy, peaceful look, you see hints of the world around Luba and her family.
The colors used are, for lack of a better term, grand. While not “in your face” they do have a subtle pop to them. This helps to “calm” the more mature theme presented by Meddour’s story.
This age appropriate look at uncertain times can be interpreted on a “grander scale” of the refugee child’s story or toned down to show the story of “What happens when your best friend moves away.”