The Journey

The Journey

4.26 (3,845 ratings by Goodreads)
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". . . a wonderful teaching tool for those who are welcoming refugees into their community."-The New York Times

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.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 280 x 208 x 12.7mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • fully Illustrated
  • 1909263990
  • 9781909263994
  • 10,985

Back cover copy

What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope.

Based on her own interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, Francesca Sanna has created a beautiful and sensitive book that is full of significance for our time.
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Review quote

Beautiful and powerful * The Guardian * [A] heart-stopping, visually sophisticated story * The New York Times * This incredibly poignant story introduces the concept of refugees with straightforward language, tackling this difficult subject with truth, clarity and strikingly beautiful illustrations. * BookTrust * A haunting and beautiful picture book reflecting on the plight of refugees. * SLA * The simple text allows space for discussion with children of all ages, while the story is carried by the stunning, ominous illustrations, moving from light, to dark, to light again. * INIS * This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned -- Jenny Murray * Children's Books Ireland * It is Francesca Sanna's clever simplicity of text which adds poignancy to the awful complexity and reality of migration. * Carousel Magazine * The text and illustrations provide lots of talking points to discuss with your little ones. * @nestingwiththebyrds on Instagram * An extraordinarily emotive book that really helps young children understand the emotional and physical journey of refugees. * pictureperfectkidsbooks on Instagram * A book filled with empathy, kindness, strength and power. -- Tangletales on Instagram An important book for young children to understand war and displacement and to read for empathy -- @picturebookconsultant on Instagram Even though it is especially timely now. It's a book that will grab you and never let you forget... * Dulemba blog * The art is beautiful, bold and powerful, but still whimsical. The words are carefully chosen, and always feel just right. * Babiafi * This truly is a story of our time and one that deserves a place on the shelves of every family, every educational establishment, every library, every place where people come together to talk and to share stories. * Red Reading hub * One my favourite books not just of the year but of all time. * Headless Greg * This book is vital. It gives a human face to forced migration and will help children understand the world we live in. Crucially, in a time of divisiveness, it encourages empathy. * Get Kids into Books * It's a great way to encourage conversations about having to pack and leave everything behind, the uncertainty of becoming a refugee and starting again. * The Reader Teacher * I can see this book being absolutely fantastic in the classroom, there is so much learning and discussion that will come out of it. * @diverse kids books on Instagram *
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About Francesca Sanna

Francesca Sanna is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer who moved to Switzerland to follow their dream to work as an illustrator. They graduated in 2015 from the Lucerne School of Art and Design with a Master of Design with focus on Illustration. The Journey is their first picture book.
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Rating details

3,845 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 51% (1,978)
4 31% (1,203)
3 11% (423)
2 4% (154)
1 2% (87)
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