Author(s): Sophie Siers
Sam has a problem. He has to share a room with his older brother and things aren't easy. When Sam sees Donald Trump on TV talking about `the wall' he realises a solution is at hand! But who knew that planning a wall could be so tricky? The letters that follow invite conversations about the question of living with others in times of conflict. The voice of the young boy show adults something of the nature of peace and good relationships.
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Sam is tired of sharing a bedroom with his messy, noisy older brother. When he sees a TV news item about President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall across the US-Mexican border, he has a lightning bulb moment. Why not build a wall across his bedroom? Sam decides to write to Donald Trump, seeking advice and offering his own pearls of wisdom.
Sophie Siers' wryly phrased letters from Sam to Donald depict the dilemma of both wall builders - to keep the undesirables out. Sam's childlike observations mark the underlying seriousness of the issue, as well as Trump's childlike behaviour, and this is accurately reflected in Anne Villeneuve's perceptive illustrations. From the little yellow quiff, the only visible feature identifying Donald Trump, as aides hand him Sam's latest missive to the scenes of domestic disharmony, they are full of beautifully understated humour.
This is a politically astute modern fable about the importance of communication and negotiation to solve the world's problems. For all ages, especially adults (but not diehard Republicans)! I love it.
Dear Donald Trump deals with incredibly complex and important issues through an innocent sibling drama. It's a charming story that will spark a conversation with young children about kindness, compassion and peace in this turbulent time. All at once, the story is serious yet heartfelt, with a message-driven tale for readers of all ages.
Rebekah Fraser, NZ Booklovers