Author’s tale of Somali refugee promotes understanding

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – A message of love and understanding was spread last week in the kid’s section at Barnes and Noble in St. Cloud. Author Tammy Wilson and artist Jill Dubbledee Kuhn signed copies of “Through My Eyes” and read from the book.

The story follows a Somali girl who comes to St. Cloud as a refugee, the St. Cloud Times ( ) reported. Along the way, she experiences culture shock, biases and stereotyping. Nor does she know how she fits into her new hometown.

Wilson was inspired by the experiences of students who attend Discovery Community School, where she is principal. She found Dubbledee Kuhn to illustrate the book. The book was released about a year ago and has been well received.

Wilson is already planning two more to complete the trilogy, following the characters into high school and adulthood. She printed 1,000 copies of the book and sold out in months. She hopes the next one to be out this summer.

“This has taken me on this journey. Right now I’m out speaking at schools, and empowering my students as well,” Wilson said.

She’s getting interest from outside Central Minnesota. It’s even on the reading list of a children’s literature class at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.


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