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The Day War Came: A powerful and necessary picture book – the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known.
The Day War Came by Nicola Davies
Written by Nicola Davies
Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
Published by Walker Books
Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came and turned your town to rubble.
Imagine if you had to make a dangerous journey all alone, with no welcome at the end.
Imagine you had lost everything and everyone, and then a child, just like you, gave you something small but very precious…
The Day War Came Poem
When the Government refused to allow 3000 child refugees to enter this country, Nicola Davies was so angry she wrote a poem. The Day War Came. 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.
£1 from every copy sold will go to the charity Help Refugees
The combination of the words and thought-provoking illustrations in this book, aid children to put themselves in the shoes of children refugees from war-torn countries. Assisting them to understand how they must feel and how little acts of kindness can mean so much.
Where Can I Buy The Day War Came book?
The Day War Came is available to buy from Amazon in a hardback edition. It is also available from leading book retailers such as Waterstones.
About the Author – Nicola Davies
Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include The Promise, King of the Sky, A First Book of Nature, A First Book of Animals, Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes, Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth, Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale, Dolphin Baby, Bat Loves the Night, Just Ducks!, Animals Behaving Badly and the Heroes of the Wild series. Nicola graduated in zoology, studied whales and bats and then worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. She makes regular visits to schools and festivals, and is very active on social media – she lives in Crickhowell, Wales.
About the Illustrator – Rebecca Cobb
Rebecca Cobb graduated from the Falmouth School of Art in 2004. She has collaborated with the Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson on picture books including The Paper Dolls, Orange Prize-winner Helen Dunmore on books including The Lonely Sea Dragon and popular film-maker Richard Curtis on Christmas titles including The Empty Stocking. Rebecca was the winner of the 2013 Waterstones Prize and has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award.