The Journey


Colour, shape and a creeping black shadow suggest the constant threat to a refugee mother and her children as they flee war and oppression. The Journey is a subtle yet hard-hitting title, justifiably lauded since its release. Its sophistication and message linger with the reader.

Amnesty CILIp Honour award from the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist; Winner of the 7- 11 year old category UKLA Book Awards- the first picture book; Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize for most exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration.

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The Journey

Francesca Sanna

(Flying Eye)

It seems that there is a parallel between the migrating birds and the family. However, while one seeks a new home through impulse and season, the other is leaving war. Thereafter, this family is upon The Journey that we join them upon. What’s more, our narrator is a young girl. It seems her story is one that is too familiar, the world over. While her father is the victim of war, her mother is compelled to rush her family for safety. However the black cloud of uncertainty and danger threatens to engulf them. What’s more, the family is frightened and traumatised. After all, they have left the only home they know with nothing. Everything seems to be behind them… including the growing cloud of fear. What lies ahead? Might they find the friendship suggested in The Day War Came, for example?
While The Journey is a hugely successful picture book, this title by Francesca Sanna is one to read togehter and discuss. What’s more, while it’s a title to share at home and at school, it’s one that is also weighty enough to be shred and considered by adult students too. After all, its allegorical illustrations are meaningful, considered and truth telling.



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