Brian Bilston: Refugees, illustrated by Jose Sanabria
Refugeeis a book of two voices. The first one sees the people fleeing from war and persecution and asks,Why here? Why my country?It is a feeling many people share. It is one of fear and suspicion. But when you read the text the opposite way, a new voice emerges. It says, 'Why not make them welcome? Why not share the things we have?'
This story shows both sides with skill and the illustrations depict the issue in a magic realism style, powerful but never frightening, and will promote a deeper discussion on this topic with an older child.