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With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned. From the author: The Journey is actually a story about many journeys, and it bega With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned. From the author: The Journey is actually a story about many journeys, and it began with the story of two girls I met in a refugee center in Italy. After meeting them I realized that behind their journey lay something very powerful. So I began collecting more stories of migration and interviewing many people from many different countries. A few months later, in September 2014, when I started studying a Master of Arts in Illustration at the Academy of Lucerne, I knew I wanted to create a book about these true stories. Almost every day on the news we hear the terms "migrants" and "refugees" but we rarely ever speak to or hear the personal journeys that they have had to take. This book is a collage of all those personal stories and the incredible strength of the people within them. Francesca Sanna is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer who moved to Switzerland to follow her dream to work as an illustrator. She graduated in 2015 from the Lucerne School of Art and Design with a Master of Design with focus on Illustration. The Journey is her first picture book.


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With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned. From the author: The Journey is actually a story about many journeys, and it bega With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned. From the author: The Journey is actually a story about many journeys, and it began with the story of two girls I met in a refugee center in Italy. After meeting them I realized that behind their journey lay something very powerful. So I began collecting more stories of migration and interviewing many people from many different countries. A few months later, in September 2014, when I started studying a Master of Arts in Illustration at the Academy of Lucerne, I knew I wanted to create a book about these true stories. Almost every day on the news we hear the terms "migrants" and "refugees" but we rarely ever speak to or hear the personal journeys that they have had to take. This book is a collage of all those personal stories and the incredible strength of the people within them. Francesca Sanna is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer who moved to Switzerland to follow her dream to work as an illustrator. She graduated in 2015 from the Lucerne School of Art and Design with a Master of Design with focus on Illustration. The Journey is her first picture book.

30 review for The Journey

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    I don't want to get all political on you, but if we could all know the stories and feel the pain of just a few of the folks making their way up Mexico to the US border as we do in this lovely picturebook, we would not be fearing them and demonizing them as potential terrorists, sending 10-15 K troops with weapons down to the border to scare them back to where they were unable to live, if we were to treat them with the compassion they deserve as refugees, as needful of our help, as human beings l I don't want to get all political on you, but if we could all know the stories and feel the pain of just a few of the folks making their way up Mexico to the US border as we do in this lovely picturebook, we would not be fearing them and demonizing them as potential terrorists, sending 10-15 K troops with weapons down to the border to scare them back to where they were unable to live, if we were to treat them with the compassion they deserve as refugees, as needful of our help, as human beings living on planet Earth, the world would be a better place than it currently is. Sanna met a couple girls who were refugees and began this book, creating a composite from the stories of many people she subsequently talked with. May a thousand picture book flowers bloom such as this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy | littledevonnook

    An extremely beautiful tale told through the eyes of a family who need to uproot from their home and travel a long distance to find safety. The book as a whole is a stunning thing to behold - the paper quality and binding alone had me all of a flutter! As for the plot - it encompasses the story of the countless refugees who fight everyday to cross lands and borders to hopefully reach a place that is promised to be safe. The family in this book look up into the sky and see a flock of migrating bi An extremely beautiful tale told through the eyes of a family who need to uproot from their home and travel a long distance to find safety. The book as a whole is a stunning thing to behold - the paper quality and binding alone had me all of a flutter! As for the plot - it encompasses the story of the countless refugees who fight everyday to cross lands and borders to hopefully reach a place that is promised to be safe. The family in this book look up into the sky and see a flock of migrating birds that do not face the barriers that they do, it's a beautiful yet saddening little story. I urge everyone to pick up this picture book - the illustrations are one of a kind, truly breath-taking! I'm very picky when it comes to art-styles that I enjoy and this just ticked all the boxes!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    2.5 stars. This one didn't work for me, the illustrations are lovely but I feel that the story line would be confusing and all together too scary for the young, which this book, with a line or two of simple text on each page, seems to be aimed at. The story shows a happy family who enjoy everyday life until war comes, their father is taken and they have to leave their country. Their father isn't seen again. There are some scary characters and scenes of their mother crying alone in the woods whil 2.5 stars. This one didn't work for me, the illustrations are lovely but I feel that the story line would be confusing and all together too scary for the young, which this book, with a line or two of simple text on each page, seems to be aimed at. The story shows a happy family who enjoy everyday life until war comes, their father is taken and they have to leave their country. Their father isn't seen again. There are some scary characters and scenes of their mother crying alone in the woods whilst giant guards reminiscent of creatures from film the Yellow submarine look down from the sky. There is a boat crossing where wave droplets become fairies and then the family are on a birds neck migrating with the birds. I didn't like the mix between reality and fantasy, I think if I were a child reading this I would feel confused which parts of the book actually reflected the experiences of the refugees, and as this families situation is scary enough anyway, I think their could be better ways to explain this. I could imagine some children would find this upsetting.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Trudie

    I found this title listed on the longlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustrated children's books. I enjoy finding new illustrators even when the books are aimed for children. The visual style of Francesca Sanna is so appealing, you can find some of her work here- The authors note reveals : The Journey is actually the story of many journeys and it began with the story of two girls I met in a refugee centre in Italy. After meeting them I realised that behind their journey lay something ve I found this title listed on the longlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustrated children's books. I enjoy finding new illustrators even when the books are aimed for children. The visual style of Francesca Sanna is so appealing, you can find some of her work here- The authors note reveals : The Journey is actually the story of many journeys and it began with the story of two girls I met in a refugee centre in Italy. After meeting them I realised that behind their journey lay something very powerful. So I began collecting stories of migration ... The resulting work is stunning and with a simplistic storyline, it is a perfect aid to explain the current refugee crisis to younger children or even adults. The publisher of this book is Flying Eye Books, the children's imprint of the awesome Nobrow Press. They have three children's books nominated for this medal and hopefully I might review those as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Oh, my. This book. What a beautiful, heartbreaking, hopeful, necessary book. A young refugee’s view of their world as it descends into the darkness and loss of war and then into a journey across unknown lands and waters to seek safety, The Journey is ultimately a superbly-done, empathic tale of the plights of too many people in our world right now. The fairy tale-like setting and touches of the fantastical makes a deeply serious story resonate at just the right tone for young readers, and Sanna’ Oh, my. This book. What a beautiful, heartbreaking, hopeful, necessary book. A young refugee’s view of their world as it descends into the darkness and loss of war and then into a journey across unknown lands and waters to seek safety, The Journey is ultimately a superbly-done, empathic tale of the plights of too many people in our world right now. The fairy tale-like setting and touches of the fantastical makes a deeply serious story resonate at just the right tone for young readers, and Sanna’s richly detailed art is haunting and graceful, a perfect complement to her poetically moving text. Every child, every adult, should read this book, immediately.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is an utterly beautiful picturebook that addresses what it feels like to be a refugee in ways that naturally build empathy but never get too explicit for a young child. It isn't modelled on any specific refugee crisis in the world, but rather on the way it feels to a young child when their world comes apart, and they have to leave everything behind and flee to a distant hope of safety. I think it's probably aimed at ages 5+ - I'm not sure that my 3-year-old picked everything up - but he stil This is an utterly beautiful picturebook that addresses what it feels like to be a refugee in ways that naturally build empathy but never get too explicit for a young child. It isn't modelled on any specific refugee crisis in the world, but rather on the way it feels to a young child when their world comes apart, and they have to leave everything behind and flee to a distant hope of safety. I think it's probably aimed at ages 5+ - I'm not sure that my 3-year-old picked everything up - but he still asked for me to read it to him twice in a row in the bookstore today, and then he chose it as his book for the week. He found it engrossing and exciting and scary but not too scary (it's a delicate balance in this kind of picturebook, and I think the author/artist manages that balance perfectly - the art is gorgeous and expressive but not overwhelming), and there is a hopeful (but not unrealistic) ending. With an older child, it would be very easy to naturally launch into conversation with them afterwards about the real-world refugees looking for new homes right now. This would make a perfect addition to any school or classroom library. It would be a lovely book at any time, but it's particularly timely and necessary right now.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    * I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review * This is a beautiful illustrated children's book which is all about how it feels to be forced out of your country and to become a refugee. The story is told with small amounts of text accompanied by vast sprawling imagery and the images help to represent some of the fears, excitement and emotions which accompany the journey... What I really liked about this was that it's full colour pages and the artwork is beautiful a * I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review * This is a beautiful illustrated children's book which is all about how it feels to be forced out of your country and to become a refugee. The story is told with small amounts of text accompanied by vast sprawling imagery and the images help to represent some of the fears, excitement and emotions which accompany the journey... What I really liked about this was that it's full colour pages and the artwork is beautiful and gets the emotion across really well. Some of the spreads are full of dark looming figures and these stand as metaphors for what's happening to the family in the story. With that said, this book itself isn't scary, but it does make you sympathise with how refugees might be feeling. The tone of the story is simple, told through the voice of the children in the tale. It's a nice approach as it makes the story easy to understand, and it worked well with the simple, yet beautiful artwork. On the whole, a lovely book and one which I think would be excellent to read with children. 4*s

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    From a collaboration of many stories of refugees fleeing from their homes, this children’s book illustrates the flight of two children and their mother to safety from a war-torn country. A child tells of her adventure traversing by vehicle, bicycle, foot, ferry, and train using muted colors and sweeping graphics. I loved that animals and birds were featured throughout. According to UNICEF by 2018, there were almost 31 million children who “have been forcibly displaced”, 13 million were refugees, From a collaboration of many stories of refugees fleeing from their homes, this children’s book illustrates the flight of two children and their mother to safety from a war-torn country. A child tells of her adventure traversing by vehicle, bicycle, foot, ferry, and train using muted colors and sweeping graphics. I loved that animals and birds were featured throughout. According to UNICEF by 2018, there were almost 31 million children who “have been forcibly displaced”, 13 million were refugees, about one million were seeking asylum, and approximately 17 million had been “displaced within their own country by violence and conflict.” In 2019, per Amnesty International, who endorsed this book, two-thirds of all refugees were from Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Myanmar. The crisis continues.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donalyn

    Visually lush with a powerful story about families forced to leave their homes because of war.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Abbie Stagg

    I was introduced to this book in the first year of my degree and I really enjoyed it and the important and relevant message it held. This picture book is based on Sanna's own experiences with immigration from refugee's she has met through out her life. It focuses on a family whose country becomes war ridden meaning they have to flee. Focusing on their journey to freedom until they finally get to safety. The contents place the reader in the position of the child who is escaping war, helping to cre I was introduced to this book in the first year of my degree and I really enjoyed it and the important and relevant message it held. This picture book is based on Sanna's own experiences with immigration from refugee's she has met through out her life. It focuses on a family whose country becomes war ridden meaning they have to flee. Focusing on their journey to freedom until they finally get to safety. The contents place the reader in the position of the child who is escaping war, helping to create empathy, a useful trait for children to pick up on using books. The way in which the pictures within the book seem to flow to the next page, is a really effective representation of the long and tiresome journey that millions of refugee's have to experience yearly. The end has a particular influence on the reader as it shows how their journey may never end, which is a familiar situation to many around the world. This picture book would be particularly useful within the classroom, in order to break down those negative stereotypes about refugees seen in the media, promoting discussion in KS2 classroom.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Felicity Gibson

    This is a gripping story about a family of refugees on their journey to safety. It invites the reader to imagine what the experience of fleeing your home country would be like and understand the characters' feelings. This is a gripping story about a family of refugees on their journey to safety. It invites the reader to imagine what the experience of fleeing your home country would be like and understand the characters' feelings.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Beautiful illustrations tell the simple story of one family who must leave their home after war takes their father and set them upon a journey.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    ‘The Journey’ follows a family whose home country is taken over by war. The story follows the family through their journey to a new home where they can be safe. The illustrations within this picture book are wonderful, and quite fairy-tale like, which contributes the the story as for the central character I would imagine that this journey feels unreal. This story would be good to help children understand the life of a refugee and the struggles they go through just to find somewhere safe to live.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This was a really inspiring story. The illustrations are beautiful and help us read through the lines to create an even deeper story. There is a lot to explore here with children. Sanna based this book on the real journeys of refugees from many different countries. It really opens your eyes and makes you think about how lucky you are to have what you have and what you could be doing to fight for everyones right for freedom.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor Abbott

    This is a stunning story in which Sanna places the reader into the eyes of a child escaping a war and allows you to enter her thoughts, feelings and emotions. You follow the journey of their departure and learn about the hurdles they meet. The story stems from a true story Sanna heard when meeting two refugees in Italy, which she then further investigated through interviewing people from other countries. I think this makes the story all that more special as it makes it seem so raw and real. I pa This is a stunning story in which Sanna places the reader into the eyes of a child escaping a war and allows you to enter her thoughts, feelings and emotions. You follow the journey of their departure and learn about the hurdles they meet. The story stems from a true story Sanna heard when meeting two refugees in Italy, which she then further investigated through interviewing people from other countries. I think this makes the story all that more special as it makes it seem so raw and real. I particularly love the ending where the child relates their journey to the birds above that are migrating. This glimmer of hope is touching and such a lovely comparison. This is an excellent book to introduce children to the topic with all the current negativity within the media about the refugee crisis at the moment. It is a lovely way of increasing their awareness and provoking them to ask questions and research more into the area.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    The Journey begins with a young girl, the narrator, introducing her happy close-knit family living in a city near the sea, until war arrives and bad things began to happen. But when the war takes her father, her mother decides it is time to leave their homeland despite the dangers, and to try and reach a country where they can live without war and fear. So the family packs up what belonging they can and leave. But the journey is difficult, and little by little they begin to leave belongings behi The Journey begins with a young girl, the narrator, introducing her happy close-knit family living in a city near the sea, until war arrives and bad things began to happen. But when the war takes her father, her mother decides it is time to leave their homeland despite the dangers, and to try and reach a country where they can live without war and fear. So the family packs up what belonging they can and leave. But the journey is difficult, and little by little they begin to leave belongings behind to lighten their load and make traveling easier. And they face all kinds of obstacles - a high guarded wall, a sea that stretches far and wide, a scary ferry boat ride, followed by a long train ride, all in search of a home where the family can begin their story all over again. Sanna used a collage of migration stories from different people she interviewed at a refugee center in Italy to create The Journey, inspired by the story of two girls she met there. Using simple language, and folk art style illustrations, Sanna has written a book that really captured what it is like to be a refugee, to be fleeing friend, family and home for your life with no idea how it will all end. Kids who may have heard about the ongoing problems in Syria this year may greatly benefit from this book, not because it will help them understand the politics of what is happening, but because, on a more personal level, it will help them understand what being a refugee means. This book is recommended for readers age 5+ This book was purchased for my personal library This review was originally posted HERE

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hastings75

    Enjoyed this illustrated childrens' book, which I read as part of the Read Harder Challenge. Despite being short, it has some heavy themes and ends in a way that makes you hope for the safety of the narrator. Given the world we live in and the knowledge we have as adults, the happiness and innocence that the narrator feels at the end, may not be long lived! That said, a book also about over coming challenges so fingers crossed! Enjoyed this illustrated childrens' book, which I read as part of the Read Harder Challenge. Despite being short, it has some heavy themes and ends in a way that makes you hope for the safety of the narrator. Given the world we live in and the knowledge we have as adults, the happiness and innocence that the narrator feels at the end, may not be long lived! That said, a book also about over coming challenges so fingers crossed!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeimy

    This gorgeously illustrated book shows how a child's life is disrupted by war. It begins with a peaceful day at the beach, then war, the father is murdered, and they must flee. The book provides a perfect introduction to what it's like to be a refugee. This gorgeously illustrated book shows how a child's life is disrupted by war. It begins with a peaceful day at the beach, then war, the father is murdered, and they must flee. The book provides a perfect introduction to what it's like to be a refugee.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angelina

    Gorgeous illustrations and a refugee story that blends many stories of this most difficult journey so many unfortunate people and children have to undertake. Gentle, emphatic and hopeful!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jae

    MORE THAN FIVE STARS. I can't even begin to talk about how beautiful this is. MORE THAN FIVE STARS. I can't even begin to talk about how beautiful this is.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    An important story and stunningly beautiful artwork.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Flude

    “The further we go... the more we leave behind” Author Francesca Sanna captures the journey many young refugee families make every day. The story depicts a mother of two fleeing from war/conflict in a bid to find a safe place for her family to live. I truly loved the beautiful illustrations that add emphasis to the story, helping bring it to life. I think this book would be a great conversation starter and allow time for reflection, in order for children to understand the lives of others.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eve Leuzinger

    A beautiful and poignant narrative, perfectly accompanied by illustrations that provide perspective, depth and emotions. 'The Journey' focuses on the tale of a family forced to leave their home because of war and follows their journey to find somewhere safe. The narrative is filled with symbols and emotions making the reader question the events of the tale and how each individual character feels about the events happening to them. However, the narrative is only part of the picture, the illustrat A beautiful and poignant narrative, perfectly accompanied by illustrations that provide perspective, depth and emotions. 'The Journey' focuses on the tale of a family forced to leave their home because of war and follows their journey to find somewhere safe. The narrative is filled with symbols and emotions making the reader question the events of the tale and how each individual character feels about the events happening to them. However, the narrative is only part of the picture, the illustrations add layers of depth and make this tale something that you could easily spend hours on in the classroom. The illustrations each provide an individual perspective, that opens more about the narrative than simply looking at the words. The illustrations include many references to fairy tales, creating an idea of how issues like this are displayed within society. Particularly effective, is the use of black and shadow to display the ideas of war and death- the all consuming black presence on some of the pages help to make the message of impact and consequences clear and could be really poignant in conveying other realities to children in the classroom. Despite this sense of sadness, the colours almost present a sense of positivity and hope which provides the reader with the determination to see the journey of the characters throughout. Overall, having waited to read this picture book for a long time it has exceeded all expectations I had and definitely need to re read this book again to take time to consider the many ways it could be used throughout the primary classroom and even throughout the Primary school. Would recommend to anyone that wants to expand their perspective and challenge their ideas on the world that they live in.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    The Journey is not only a good book, it's an important one. The Syrian refugee crisis makes this tale especially relevant right now, yet it is purposefully told to be universal, to be timeless. War takes so much -- family members, a sense of security, a place to call home. When people are forced to run away from not only their house, but from their country, life transitions to a state of uncertainty. In the realm of picture books, it is rare for a story to be written and illustrated by the same The Journey is not only a good book, it's an important one. The Syrian refugee crisis makes this tale especially relevant right now, yet it is purposefully told to be universal, to be timeless. War takes so much -- family members, a sense of security, a place to call home. When people are forced to run away from not only their house, but from their country, life transitions to a state of uncertainty. In the realm of picture books, it is rare for a story to be written and illustrated by the same person. Francesca Sanna shows skill with both elements of storytelling beyond what might be expected from a debut book. The language is simple and honest, told from the child's view. The illustrations are remarkable and so full of heart, and reveal a greater reality beyond the child's understanding. The menace of war is depicted through pitch-black shadows that bring darkness with them and enormous hands that reach out to destroy. Most pages are lush with color and texture, which adds emphasis to those pages stark in contrast. ("And one day the war took my father." Eight words paired with six individual objects on a solid black background.) Yet the journey is not without hope and those who help along the way (even if they need a bribe to entice their assistance). Flying Eye Books spared no expense producing this beautiful book. Before opening it, the cover entices with a dramatic illustration enhanced with a spot varnish (oh, how I love spot varnish!) and simple printed imagery on the spine of book-cloth in a lovely shade of blue. The colors throughout are used to enhance the storytelling on each page, which is printed on rich paper that, while matte, almost has a subtle luminescence. I don't recognize the typeface, but it resembles a hand-drawn serif face which emphasises the personal tale of this family, who stand in for thousands of other migrant families around the world. *Many thanks to the publisher for a free copy of this book.*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good book to look at for bereavement and change, it changes very dramatically from happy to sad so it may have to be read by more experienced readers. The book covers issues that are faced in the modern day and so may be good to use as a platform to talk about these subjects.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Book Scrounger)

    This was a well written book, and I think it's wonderful to have a way to help explain to children what a refugee is and some of the things they may go through, in general terms at least. The illustrations are well done too -- I especially like the colors, and use of light and dark. This book tries to mix reality with fantasy in an interesting way, and I can assume that one reason is because the book is intended to tell lots of stories, and be applicable beyond the current refugee crisis. Therefor This was a well written book, and I think it's wonderful to have a way to help explain to children what a refugee is and some of the things they may go through, in general terms at least. The illustrations are well done too -- I especially like the colors, and use of light and dark. This book tries to mix reality with fantasy in an interesting way, and I can assume that one reason is because the book is intended to tell lots of stories, and be applicable beyond the current refugee crisis. Therefore, the people are not presented as being from any particular nationality or religion, and the dangers the refugees face are drawn fantastically -- I guess you could say allegorically. The guards that stand in their way are tall giants, and there are large black hands reaching out for them at times, to represent war. It does run the risk of becoming too bleak for young children, even though it stays away from specifics (for example, "the war took my father.") That's why I liked the ending -- it's not all tied up in a neat little bow, but when the refugees look into the sky they see birds migrating, and see a connection with them -- leaving the ending with some hope. Unfortunately, I think this is a bit too advanced/scary/metaphorical for my kids (oldest is 4), because they haven't shown much interest in it and my son didn't want to read it because of the "scary man" (though I don't think it's too long or wordy for that age). But it would be worth trying again when they're older.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan Watterson

    I chose this book as a focus for a plan for a half term project. The book is about a child refugees journey from their home country into the unknown but with the promise of finding a safe place. I think it is so relevant to modern day as it allows children to empathise with the refugee character which broadens their cultural awareness and understanding. It could be a great class project due to the brilliant writing and illustrations. This would also be a good class read to fit in with a global w I chose this book as a focus for a plan for a half term project. The book is about a child refugees journey from their home country into the unknown but with the promise of finding a safe place. I think it is so relevant to modern day as it allows children to empathise with the refugee character which broadens their cultural awareness and understanding. It could be a great class project due to the brilliant writing and illustrations. This would also be a good class read to fit in with a global week in school or a theme in which the children might have preconceptions on from the news or from home.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tara Harries

    The Journey tells the story of a refugee family escaping their country from war. The illustrations work with the text really well, sometimes giving an insight into more of the story than what the text is saying alone. The way the illustrations are showed allows us to follow the journey with the family and allow us to feel some of their emotions eg (when the family look small on the page we can sense they are scared). This would allow children an insight into the lives of these families in a way The Journey tells the story of a refugee family escaping their country from war. The illustrations work with the text really well, sometimes giving an insight into more of the story than what the text is saying alone. The way the illustrations are showed allows us to follow the journey with the family and allow us to feel some of their emotions eg (when the family look small on the page we can sense they are scared). This would allow children an insight into the lives of these families in a way they would understand.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Barnett

    This book tells the story of a refugee family fleeing their country from war. The illustrations allow for the reader to join in the journey with the family, bringing to life their emotions. For example when the family are portrayed on the page as small, we can sense they feel scared in that moment. This book provides an insight into the lives of families in this situation in a sensitive manner. The themes of love and fear are strongly portrayed throughout. I wish I would have known about this bo This book tells the story of a refugee family fleeing their country from war. The illustrations allow for the reader to join in the journey with the family, bringing to life their emotions. For example when the family are portrayed on the page as small, we can sense they feel scared in that moment. This book provides an insight into the lives of families in this situation in a sensitive manner. The themes of love and fear are strongly portrayed throughout. I wish I would have known about this book on previous placements as it would have been perfect for a few pupils!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Stealthily, and very quickly, read my friends copy of this picture book, though I still don't think I spent enough time gazing longingly at the illustrations, so one day I may get my own copy. It is a sensitive depiction of the refugee crisis, and doesn't really condescend to children when telling this story. Stealthily, and very quickly, read my friends copy of this picture book, though I still don't think I spent enough time gazing longingly at the illustrations, so one day I may get my own copy. It is a sensitive depiction of the refugee crisis, and doesn't really condescend to children when telling this story.

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