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The Island is an astonishing and powerful picture book about refugees, xenophobia, multiculturalism, social politics and human rights. It tackles big themes in subtle ways with a fable-like text and stunning artwork that will provoke discussion for upper primary and secondary school levels about issues that remain so much a part of our national discourse.
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.
A powerful graphic novel for all ages about how human beings respond to outsiders. When the people of the Island discover a man and a tattered raft on their beach, they are reluctant to take him in. He doesn't look like them. But they cannot send him back to the sea where he will surely perish. Instead, they put him aside but even that doesn't solve their problem.
This is a bleak, dark, sad book and a useful prompt for discussion. Books for Keeps
Publication date: 01/04/2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||1st August 2007|
|Publisher:||Allen & Unwin Children's Books an imprint of Allen & Unwin|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||General Fiction, Politics & Law, World Religions|
Picture book illustrator Armin Greder was born in Switzerland and migrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1971. Armin has worked as a graphic designer and currently lectures tertiary art students, illustrating picture books in between teaching and other interests. As a child Armin spent a lot of time drawing in the back of his exercise books when he should have been paying attention in class. In books such as The Great Bear and An Ordinary Day his art reflects his European background. Charcoal often features in his work.More About Armin Greder
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