Author and educator, Terrie A. Hoops, wanted her students to have a sense of cultural identity and to feel that they belong no matter the differences in their backgrounds. This is why she has written “Rafa the Refugee,” (published by AuthorHouse) an educational and artistic picture book that prompts readers of all ages to be proud of their heritage.
“Rafa the Refugee” is about a newcomer to the U.S.A. learning that her heritage, language and culture is part of who she is and is of great value to her success in school and life. She realizes that she needs both languages to be successful by learning English while retaining her heritage language. This is a children’s book celebrating culture, heritage and language.
This picture book espouses the message of acceptance within a multi-racial community. It shows kids that it is okay to be different and that one should always take pride in one’s own culture.
Terrie Hoops is a passionate educator working in second language acquisition. Terrie develops K-12 curriculums for modern languages and ESOL programs serving migrant and refugee populations. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in administration and leadership from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in curriculum, assessment, and instruction from the University of Maine at Orono. Terrie is originally from Montreal, Quebec, and is fluent in English, Spanish, and French. She lives in Bradenton, FL, with her husband David.