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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 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.
This book has been awarded five stars as it was recognised by the Kate Greenaway Medal Award, and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Award, and the Best Illustrated Book Award, and the Klaus Flugge Prize Award.
Firstly, this is a very beautiful picture book. Francesca Sanna's illustrations are both stunning and also support the atmosphere created by the text. This is a story about refugees - about being forced out and trying to find a new place to call home. I found it very, very sad and unfortunately the story it tells is very, very real. But the text is subtle, and the book is good at reminding you that refuges are real, ordinary people like us. I think it would be a great starting point for a discussion with young children about what it means to be a refugee and how that is relevant in today's world. In fact this book would be a good starting point for such a discussion by any age group.