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The day war came


No. of pages 32

1 review
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. GBP1 from every copy sold goes to the charity Help Refugees - find out more about their wonderful work at their website,


"an incredibly powerful picture book [...]. Cobb's illustrations are both beautiful and devastating." * Bookseller *
"A tale of humanity and compassion that is worth sharing." * South Wales Evening Post *
"There are few modern children's books that make you cry. This is one of them." * The Times *
"[...] both heart-breaking and delightful. [...] It's an intense read but offers a valuable lesson in kindness and, like so many of the best picture books, leaves you looking at the world through the hopeful eyes of a child." * The Observer *
An important and beautiful book. * a & u books *