by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb - £6.99 Walker Books (2019)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781406382938 | ISBN 10: 1406382930
A powerful and necessary picture book – the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known.
Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble.
Imagine going on a long and difficult journey – all alone.
Imagine finding no welcome at the end of it.
Then imagine a child who gives you something small but very, very precious...
When the government refused to allow 3000 child refugees to enter this country in 2016, Nicola Davies was so angry she wrote a poem. It started a campaign for which artists contributed drawings of chairs, symbolising a seat in a classroom, education, kindness, the hope of a future.
The poem has become this book, movingly illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, which should prove a powerful aid for explaining the ongoing refugee crisis to younger readers.
£1 from every copy sold goes to the charity Help Refugees – find out more about their wonderful work at their website, helprefugees.org.
Recommended for readers aged: 5+
(Price & availability last checked: November 2019)
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In booklists: Black and Asian Characters: Children's Picture Story Books, Fiction - Picture Story Books, Peace & War - Books for Children, Immigration, Refugees & Asylum Seekers: Books for Children, In categories: Childrens & Teenage Books, Black, Asian & Other Diasporas, Fiction, Anti-Racism,