Image shows the front cover of the hardback book The Journey with a beige background and blue text. Cover illustration shows a family surrounded by high piles of suitcases with leaves, mountains, trains, birds behind them with looming guards and shadows overhead.
Image shows the back cover of The Journey with a beige background and blue text. Illustration at the bottom shows a large pile of suitcases and bags with a cat curled up asleep on top.

The Journey

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“I look up to the birds that seem to be following us. They are migrating just like us. And their journey, like ours, is very long, but they don’t have to cross any borders.”

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.

With haunting echoes of current affairs 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.

Suitable for readers from 3-7 years.

Author: Francesca Sanna

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Publisher: Flying Eye Books

Number of pages: 48
Dimensions: 28.73 cm x 1.17 cm x 21.59 cm
Published: 01/04/2016

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