Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019
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.
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 475 g
Dimensions: 240 x 290 x 10 mm
'...an incredibly powerful picture book [...]. Cobb's illustrations are both beautiful and devastating.' - Bookseller
'A tale of humanity and compassion that is worth sharing.' - The South Wales Evening Post
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