Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders (Hardback)
  • Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders (Hardback)

Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders (Hardback)

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Hardback 112 Pages / Published: 09/05/2019
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From all over the world, picture book illustrators sent original images and personal messages, in postcard form, for Migrations, an exhibition at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava, in 2017, curated by the University of Worcester's International Centre for the Picture Book in Society. Over fifty of the cards are reproduced in this very special book.

The book is divided into themes of Departures, Long Journeys, Arrivals and Hope for the Future.

The facsimile postcard text includes personal messages of hope from the illustrators, as well as quotes from writers including Emily Dickinson, WB Yeats, John Clare, and Anita Desai. Robert Macfarlane has written a poem specially for the postcard drawn by Jackie Morris.

Illustrators include Christopher Corr, Marie-Louise Gay, Piet Grobler, Petr Horacek, Isol, Jon Klassen, Neal Layton, PJ Lynch, Roger Mello, Jackie Morris, Jane Ray, Chris Riddell, Axel Scheffler and Shaun Tan. In total, illustrators from 28 countries have contributed.

Migrations carries a powerful message about human migration, showing how cultures, ideas and aspirations flow despite borders, barriers and bans.

Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781910959800
Number of pages: 112
Dimensions: 135 x 185 mm


"A book to return to over and over. The foreword from Shaun Tan will make your imagination soar. It's a precious book to keep returning to and a perfect gift to inspire and give hope; a reminder of the universal power of art and storytelling. A book with beautiful wings to help us fly through turbulent skies."

-- Sita Brahmachari * Books for Keeps Best Books of 2019 *

"A lovely pocket-sized book, filled with images and words which encourage the viewer to mull on what it means to leave for a new, maybe safer, future. As relevant now as it was a few years ago at the start of its journey from exhibition to publication."

* Association of Illustrators *

"A beautiful small format book that could provide lots of discussion points for classes, as well as offering the opportunity to look at different art forms and techniques from around the world."

* English 4 - 11 *

"This is not a book to be pigeonholed; it also needs to migrate - to take that flight of imagination - and find a home not just on every shelf but in every hand and mind."

* Books for Keeps 5 star review *

"Fifty of the postcards are replicated in this fascinating book and it's such a positive message about the impact that migration of people can have on the way that cultures and ideas can flow despite the borders and barriers that are put up.It's a clever idea and is a really good way to introduce ideas of migration with children."

* Let Them be Small *

"'It has hope pulling the strands of the journey together, a dream of something better. Each journey and illustration is an individual act, but very much part of a whole."

-- Recommended for Refugee Week * Minerva Reads *

"Exceptional and stimulating...The differing styles of illustration are fascinating to study, and the accompanying texts are thoughtful and perceptive."

* Parents in Touch *

"...It feels impossible to read this book without lingering on favourite pictures, words that go straight to your heart and the powerful combinations of words and pictures. There seem to be endless possibilities for the use of this book.The book is called Migrations. Open Hearts. Open Borders and it certainly opened my heart."

* Books for Topics *

"Wonderful, poignant...a truly heartfelt read. This book would be a wonderful resource in a learning setting...and the artwork throughout is stunning."

* Mama Filz *

"A source of pride, beautiful to hold and a showcase for the work of illustrators."

* Books for Keeps *

"Everyone needs a copy of Migrations; it reaches out to us all, offering another beacon on the uphill climb towards the creation of a better world for everyone, young, old and in-between."

* Red Reading Hub *

"A poignant book which collates artwork from across the world to express solidarity and support with the migrants who face great danger and struggle to find a better place."

* picturebooksblogger *

"Both thought-provoking and utterly beautiful, with the strong message of acceptance and the dissolution of our preconceptions about nationality and borders emanating from every page. This really is something stunning and well worth picking up."

* Read it, Daddy! *

"This extraordinary book comes from the innovative imprint Otter-Barry whose though-provoking titles never fail to surprise and delight...There is so much here to see, absorb and scrutinise as well as the profoundly important message: the images, words, stamps, handwriting. It has huge potential for children to generate their own images and words. There should be a copy of this book in every classroom in the country."

* Reading Zone 5 star review *

"Really lovely...A very important and timely book."

* Angels and Urchins *

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“Poetry of migration”

What a beautiful little book! I loved everything about it: wonderful illustrations (birds, birds, birds, of all colours and shapes) from illustrators, famous or less known, from around the world, and simple, kind and... More

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“A book full of beauty, hope and the importance of unity in this world.”

A beautiful collective of illustrations and poetic snippets encouraging hope and unity in this world. You are taken on a visual journey throughout this world via Birds of all shapes, sizes and vivid colours -... More

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“A powerful gallery of kindness and hope”

This book would have struggled to displease me, filled as it is with images from a wealth of picture book illustrators and with an introduction from personal favourite Shaun Tan. But it truly is an absolutely gorgeous... More

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