Monday, April 3, 2017
by Francesca Sanna
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.
During these turbulent times we're all living in, Francesca Sanna's, The Journey, is a very important read for children. The beautiful book opens a window to the world of refugees, allowing young readers to better understand what people from challenged places of our planet must endure - and why they deserve our compassion and assistance.
I highly recommend The Journey to young readers of all ages.
Click here to learn more about author-illustrator Francesca Sanna.