Amazing children's book - 'The Journey' - by Writer and Illustrator Francesca Sanna

April 21, 2018

There are some children books that bring hope and arouses empathy even for the adults. One such children book is "The Journey" by Francesca Sanna. Her gentle and striking illustrations complement the story beautifully. The illustrations have portrayed war, violence, and loss in a way that is thought-provoking and fascinating to the readers.The presence of Hope is strong and sings throughout this book.This children book gives us an intimate glimpse into the lives of a refugee family. It takes us on a journey with them as they cross borders and travel through the sea. The absence of a father in the story is filled with a strong presence of a single mother who protects her children and travels with them on their quest for "home". What keeps them going is also the stories that they recite to each other. The stories make them forget their pain, "Stories about the land where we are heading to, where the green forests are filled with kind fries that dance and gives magic spells to end the war."This book ends with the lines "I hope one day, like these birds, we will find a new home. A home where we can be safe and begin our story again". The last line blurs the line between the refugees and the lives that each one of us lives. Aren't we all searching for a "home"?

Happy Reading

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